ROL cuts deal with Omega usersBy Chris Williams. Published: 22nd Sep 2005, 19:18:06 | Permalink | Printable
In brief: Select features freebie ponderedRISCOS Ltd. are running a special offer on RISC OS Adjust for Omega users. While a copy of Adjust can cost up to 125 quid for existing RISC OS 4 users, owners of the StrongARM powered MicroDigital computer can pick up a set of new RISC OS 4.39 ROMs for 69 quid. The offer lasts until the end of November.
Meanwhile, despite the fact that ROL last released a version of Select, upon which Adjust is based, in mid-2004, work is still said to be on-going towards Select 4. Since the release of Select 3i4, ROL had been distracted by negotiations with Castle and the development of Adjust-32 for the A9 range of computers. Not all the features in Select 4 will make it into the OS used in the A9home, though.
"The apparent progress on any project is often not related to the amount of work going on behind the scenes. For example, to the public there hasn't been anything apparently new since May 2004, however A9 developers are already able to see some of the new features that will become Select 4, and hopefully the final stages of the A9 development will lead on very quickly to a Select 4 release for all users," said ROL managing director Paul Middleton.
He commented, "It is unfortunate that the release of Select 4 is taking longer than originally planned, but the decision to move over to the new 32 bit neutral source, was a decision that had to be taken at some point, and I am sure that there will be few users who will complain that we should have not developed a 32 bit RISC OS 4 and should have instead stayed stuck with a 26 bit OS and ignored the potential of the new 32 bit only processors."
Paul added that particular OS features that form part of the Select scheme, which has been running since 2001, may be released for free to entice users into subscribing to Select or purchasing Adjust on ROM.
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