ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priorityBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Aug 2005, 22:12:44 | Permalink | Printable
Select 4? Please holdRISCOS Ltd. has told its Select subscribers that there "isn't a definitive answer" as to how much longer punters must wait for Select 4 to be finished.
"The income from Select over the past twelve months has gone into the dual tasks of 32 bit conversion and adding new features as part of Select 4. The size of the task of the 32 bit conversion has been formidable and is still an ongoing process, but available resources have been prioritised into the A9 version," said a ROL spokesperson earlier today.
"Many new features for Select 4 have been incorporated into the A9, but the development plan means that the A9 version has to be finished first."
The A9 is a ARM9 powered range of computers from AdvantageSix, which use an 'embedded' version of 32bit RISC OS 4. The A9home is currently available in a beta state to paying developers.
The spokesperson added: "Last year we had intended to continue 26 bit and new 32 bit development work, but after a while it became obvious that working solely from the 32 bit version was the only choice. I realise that for the average Select subscriber it may appear that absolutely nothing has been done for them in the last year. The fact is however that a vast amount of work has been done, but 12 months has simply not been enough time, with the available resources, to produce a release version for 26 bit users.
"The imminent availability of the A9Home will hopefully show that the work has been done, and I hope you will be prepared to wait for the work to filter back to 26 bit users via Select 4."
Although it has been over a year since the previous release of Select, users are expected to receive numerous OS updates during a year's subscription. Various subscribers responded this evening by again demanding a version of Select for the Castle Iyonix and cancelling their subscriptions in protest.
One user said, "You have lost [my subscription] because of the lack of a definite statement with regard to Iyonix Select. And I think I'm not the only one. I will join again as soon as Iyonix Select is available or at least a definite statement will be made that it will be available. Not having a single RiscPC anymore but instead two Iyonixes, everything else would be charity."
Another added, "I do seriously miss Select with my Iyonix. Even the round buttons."
ROL say they are going to extend current subscriptions by a further three months as a "concession".
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