Middleton battles 'misinformation'By Chris Williams. Published: 6th Mar 2006, 14:09:40 | Permalink | Printable
Don't believe everything you readFollowing rumour and speculation over the future of RISC OS 4, RISCOS Ltd's managing director today poured scorn on "every rumour and piece of misinformation that comes up on the Internet".
In a frank email he told Select subscribers today: "Some people have a habit of starting rumours that can upset many other people's views of how the market is progressing. Negative rumours, especially when they are unfounded, can have a tremendous effect on the market, so please treat anything you hear or read with caution unless it is fully verified.
"We don't have time to contradict every rumour and piece of misinformation that comes up on the Internet."
A number of subscribers to the annual scheme that releases updates to RISC OS 4 have called for greater communication between the userbase and RISCOS Ltd. In the absence of information and details, online discussion forums including the Usenet groups, speculated on the Select 4 delays and the possibility of a Select port to the Iyonix.
Paul added: "I don't use these [email updates to subscribers] to make mention of specific people but quotes from recent postings on Usenet by certain contributors, who really should know better, must be taken to task as they seem to be dedicated to spreading deliberate misinformation about RISCOS Ltd's plans and activities."
Another sticking point for users is the apparant lack of cooperation between certain RISC OS companies; particular over the split of RISC OS 4 and 5, the two USB stacks, and the hand-in-hand work involved in producing a Select port of the Iyonix.
RISCOS Ltd director and VirtualAcorn boss Aaron Timbrell argued on Usenet: "My view is simple, RISC OS companies need to cooperate with each other.
"What really does annoy me is the impression created by some ill-informed people that there is a war going on, there isn't. There is already a huge amount of co-operation between all the RISCOS companies, somethings could perhaps be better, but overall everyone does get on very well."
Fellow director Dave Holden replied: "Unfortunately cooperation doesn't make news - only dissent and argument manage that - and there really is almost no dissent between the vast majority of companies still involved with RISC OS."
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