ROL calls for Select coders and testersPublished: 12th Nov 2006, 16:01:43 | Permalink | Printable
Come on in, join the partyRISCOS Ltd have called for coders and beta testers to step forward and contribute to the company's flavour of RISC OS. Users were also welcomed to pitch ideas and feature suggestions - provided they weren't web browser-related.
The company said this weekend it was "looking at ways of increasing the involvement of users in the future development of RISC OS Select". While it's not quite the same as Castle's plans with RISC OS Open, ROL have previously drawn upon a close circle of third party programmers to top up its features list, rewarding them with beta and alpha test builds of RISC OS and free Select subscriptions.
In an email to Select punters, ROL said: "Whilst the original aim of the Select scheme had been to get everyone involved in beta testing early Select releases, we had to stop that due to too many users not realising that beta testing means trying things out that may or may not work.
"If you have the time to test and report on your experiences of using Select components and/or would like to be involved in working at source code level on non-core components of RISC OS, then we would like to hear from you."
Users were quick to suggest ideas ranging from modern media players, shared libraries and translucent Drawfile objects to Unicode font support, an overhaulled DOSFS, and various user interface tweaks.
Earlier this year, ROL published on its website its RISC OS Select technical documentation and other resources for developers. RISCOS Ltd have also moved over to Google Groups for its Select end user mailing list, after ditching the sinking Smartgroups ship.
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