Select subscribers offered fig leafBy Chris Williams. Published: 6th Mar 2006, 07:46:20 | Permalink | Printable
Select 4 due in May, no guarantee of an Iyonix portRelease 4 of Select is expected to be launched at this year's Wakefield show, subscribers officially learnt today. RISCOS Ltd boss Paul Middleton emailed his customers in response to criticism surrounding the RISC OS 4 subscription scheme and his company's commitment to the Iyonix platform.
In it he said: "We are now nearing the final stages of Select 4 development and the subject to any final last minute hitches the first release will be made in time for the Wakefield Show in May this year."
His company recently drew criticism after it failed to produce a new release of Select since mid-2004, fuelling much online debate. Users whose subscriptions to the annual scheme lapsed after August last year will be offered a beta issue of S4 to entice them into resubscribing. The company also intends to produce two editions of Select, one for machines with 26bit processors, such as RiscPCs, and another for machines with 32bit processors, such as A9homes.
Paul said: "We have clearly stated previously that we will not be producing a 32 bit version of RISC OS 4 to run on Risc PCs and A7000s as it would offer no advantages, and would require the use of an emulator in order to use the vast majority of old software not written in Basic."
ROL claim to be working towards Select for the Castle Iyonix, although cannot offer any guarantees at this time. A lot of their resources have been ploughed into Select 4 and producing a 32bit version of RISC OS with hardware abstractions. AdvantageSix contributed the A9 specific components.
Thanking those who signed the Pledgebank campaign for an Iyonix port of Select, Paul explained: "We are not as yet ready to start taking full Select 32 for Iyonix subscriptions, but I would like to firstly state that subscriptions from current Iyonix users have not been wasted.
"All development work done by RISCOS Ltd is equally applicable to all versions of RISC OS, and in the future any bugs found in any version of RISC OS 4, will be identical across all versions, and so a bug found on a RiscPC will be the same bug cured on an Iyonix.
"Whilst we are not taking full Select 32 subscriptions, we do welcome Select renewals from existing subscribers and from new subscribers, as long as they understand that their subscriptions are going towards general development and that we do not at present offer any guarantees to produce a fully working version of Select for Iyonix at present."
On the A9home, Paul added: "The retail A9Home will ship with Adjust32, which includes all the features of everything in RISC OS Adjust (Select3i4), along with a subset of those Select 4 features required by the machine.
"A Select subscription will be recommended in order to obtain the full Select 4 feature-set, along with future Select 4 enhancements. There will be discounts for A9Home purchasers to join the Select scheme."
RISCOS Ltd website
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