Select for Iyonix spotted in publicBy Chris Williams. Published: 9th Jun 2005, 10:59:08 | Permalink | Printable
RiscWorld nabs a surprising scoopIt's claimed that an early version of Select for the Iyonix was on display during some of Wakefield 2005 show, although RiscWorld was amongst the few to spot it.
In the latest issue of the CD based magazine, editor Aaron Timbrell reports that the joint APDL/RISCOS Ltd. stand "had a new softloadable version of RISC OS Adjust on sale as well as an Iyonix which the keen eyed might have noticed spent some of its time running a beta version of Select32."
It turns out that the APDL stand, shared with ROL, did exhibit an Iyonix and Aaron has since confirmed to us that there is no mistake: it was allegedly running Select32 at some point. He explained, "If you remember the floor plan the Iyonix was on the APDL/ROL stand facing towards the Advantage6 stand."
David Holden of APDL said today: "We did have a development version of Select32 at Wakefield but I received it only a couple of days before the show and although I understand it was working OK on [RISCOS Ltd. managing director] Paul Middleton's Iyonix it didn't seem to like mine."
He continued: "As you can imagine I was too busy to sort out the problems in the short while remaining before the show, but I took the machine hoping that I would be able to find time to get it running. After a bit of fiddling from myself, Dave Bradforth and Aaron we did get it working, but not properly. This is probably why most people would have seen the machine either switched off or running vanilla RISC OS 5, certainly during Saturday."
In April this year, RISCOS Ltd. stated that RISC OS 4 was now largely 32bit compatible, an undertaking independent of Castle, who say they own 32bit RISC OS 5. In November 2004, RISCOS Ltd. predicted that Select32 would be complete by around late 2005, "if there is sufficient demand", and previously called on Castle to cooperate in the production of Select for the Iyonix.
It's understood from those close to RISCOS Ltd. that the development team have spent most of their time abstracting hardware dependencies and preparing the OS for the A9home.
David added: "I would stress that this was just a 'preview' version and is really not yet ready for public showing. The only reason it was at Wakefield was because there is a lot of interest in this project and we were hoping to demonstrate that although there's still a lot of work to be done real progress has been made."
RiscWorld is published by APDL and Volume 6 Issue 1 should be with subscribers this week.
RISCOS Ltd. were unavailable for immediate comment.
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