"Vast majority" of ROS 4 now 32bitBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Apr 2005, 21:41:32 | Permalink | Printable
And I'll do things my wayRISCOS Ltd. has claimed that it is close to producing a 32bit RISC OS 4, independent of rival Castle. The news comes after earlier rumours that plans to merge RISC OS 4 and 5 have stalled. ROL have also announced that they intend to allow people to subscribe to a 32bit Select in early May, and will begin development of Select for the Iyonix range of computers once they get 100 punters signed up.
"All new RISC OS 4 code has of course been developed to be 26/32 bit neutral with the aim of producing a 32 bit version of Select as soon as market conditions allowed. This has been expanded throughout 2004 so that the vast majority of RISC OS 4 source code - i.e not just modules which have been enhanced via Select - is now 32 bit safe," RISCOS Ltd. said in an email to Select users this evening. The company says it will produce 26bit versions of Select for legacy machines, such as RiscPCs, and 32bit versions of Select for newer computers.
The announcement added: "This has been a major undertaking and it should be pointed out that this work has been done completely independently from the 32 bit version of RISC OS that had been developed by Pace that was used by Castle for RISC OS 5."
Around this time last year, RISCOS Ltd. called on Castle to cooperate in the efforts to produce Select for the Iyonix. The Iyonix was launched under much fanfare in 2002, as its 32bit RISC OS was seen at the time as a breakthrough for the market.
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