ROL: Giving Select 4 date is trickyPublished: 23rd Jun 2006, 06:04:41 | Permalink | Printable
Developers working in spare timeGiving a fixed date for the release of Select 4 and its Iyonix port is "very hard", the developers of RISC OS 4 have admitted. In an email to Select subscribers yesterday, a RISCOS Ltd spokesperson said the company had hoped to complete the task of allowing their OS to run on 32bit ARM-compatible processors within a year - but the project over-ran.
The statement came after Select users feared their wishlist ideas for future features were being ignored.
ROL said: "There has generally been a policy of no comment on the wishlist, because we have always tried to avoid any commitment to any specific feature in any particular version of RISC OS, because it is very hard to know how long a new feature will take to develop, test and debug.
"Our hope had been that the full conversion to 32 bit could have been done in less than a year, but that proved to be widely optimistic and that is why it is very hard to give a firm date for the release of Select 4 and an even harder to give any date on Select 4 for Iyonix."
The company believes a number of the listed wishes, hosted by Smartgroups, were implemented, and that RISCOS Ltd didn't want to step on the toes of other commercial developers if there was any cross-over with existing products. The majority of the development team, a small group of programmers contracted in by RISCOS Ltd, are also working on the OS in their spare time.
According to ROL, "RISC OS development relies very strongly on people who have 'real' jobs during the day and who would not be able to justify working solely on RISC OS work to make a living.
"Many employers also take a dim view of people doing paid work for other companies. Selling their own products outside of work hours is something they will allow however. A spinoff for this is that for a lot of those people their day job gives them extra knowledge and experience to help with the RISC OS development."
Users are said to be fed up with waiting for the next release of Select, version 4. The previous release under the annual subscription scheme was in June 2004, although subscribers have been asked to cough up cash and renew their subscriptions.
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