Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROLBy Chris Williams. Published: 26th Sep 2005, 23:30:44 | Permalink | Printable
Psst, don't mention the Select 4According to RISCOS Ltd., just eighteen users have asked for a version of Select for the Iyonix. Of these, it's claimed six have paid the 15 quid to upgrade their subscription to include an Iyonix port of Select, dubbed 'Select 32'. Amid rising concern that his company is ignoring Castle's IOP321 XScale platform, ROL boss Paul Middleton said, "We have not taken payment from anyone who has solely requested Select 32 for the Iyonix. This is obviously nowhere near the 100 minimum new subscriptions we have publicised before we will make any commitment to Select 32 for the Iyonix."
It's possible that ROL have overlooked those with RiscPCs and Iyonixes who continued to re-subscribe to Select, the subscription scheme that enhances 26bit RISC OS 4, with the hope that their cash will go towards an Iyonix port. It's also possible that Iyonix users are keeping quiet and holding onto their money until they see a definite product, leading to a chicken and the egg situation. ROL did their first toe dipping to gauge Select for Iyonix interest in November 2004, but later had their doubts on its viability.
ROL also sought to clarify that A9home specific features are being developed in house by AdvantageSix, and that the recent Omega offer could be extended to Mico and Riscstation users if they show an interest.
Paul added, "We are not a faceless, megalithic corporation - we are a small group of RISC OS devotees."
Current Select subscribers are also still awaiting the long overdue release of Select 4, the development of which is said to be gradually continuing after stalling last summer.
RISCOS Ltd. website
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