A9home software compatibility table createdBy Chris Williams. Published: 7th Jun 2005, 22:22:00 | Permalink | Printable
What works and doesn't work on RISC OS 4.40An A9home owner has taken the initiative to create a software compatibility table for the recently launched RISC OS 4.40 powered machine. The unofficial web page, set up by developer Paul Stewart, hopes to show which applications are known to work and not work on the ARM9 powered computer - currently only available in beta form to paying programmers.
"I believe it is important to have a page that indicates compatible software, as this will help those developers who do not have A9home hardware to be able to ensure their software works on it," explained Paul earlier today.
The table shows that desktop user favourites, such as NetSurf, Nettle, StrongED, Zap, Cocognut, are known to work on AdvantageSix's kit. Each piece of software tested is listed with the version number, which is useful when checking if the particular application is Iyonix safe and therefore theoretically 32bit compatible. If you wish to request a title to be tested, you're welcome to drop Paul an email to paul [at] pstewart [dot] freeserve [dot] co [dot] uk.
AdvantageSix admitted during the launch of the A9home that it's likely that there will be compatibility issues with RISC OS 5 friendly software and RISC OS 4.40. It's understood that RISC OS 4.40 is still in development, having being made 32bit safe by RISCOS Ltd. and made compatible with the A9home's Samsung S3C2440 and Silicon Motion SM501 chipsets by Ad6.
Update at 11:54 8/6/2005
Paul reports that as well as email from fellow programmers, he's also getting "general questions about the A9home" from people. Trust me, we've already pestered Paul with benchmark and photo requests, to which he politely declined. "Any enquires with regards to the speed and features of the A9home will not be answered. The A9home I have is a developer machine, as such it is incomplete and I would be doing it an injustice to answer any feature/speed related enquires," explained Paul earlier today.
Any other A9home beta owners are welcome to get in touch, of course.
A9home software compatibility table
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