Select chief coder leaves RISCOS LtdPublished: 16th Dec 2006, 13:42:55 | Permalink | Printable
ROL loses RISC OS 6 architectThe RISC OS Select lead developer has left RISCOS Ltd after five years as the operating system's architect. Justin Fletcher, who made RISC OS 4 compatible with 32bit-only ARM processors and added hardware abstraction, left soon before the release of Select 4 RISC OS 6 Preview was built and released.
Justin, who was part of the original team that released RISC OS 4 in 1999, returned in 2001 as a founder of the Select scheme. As the lead developer, he was responsible for designing and creating the core features new to RISC OS Select, while overseeing application development and other contributions from a collection of freelance developers and beta testers. He also put together the final end-user ROM image and ROM chip builds with Paul Middleton at ROL's Cardiff office.
During his later years at ROL, Justin was responsible for developing Select's DHCP client, SVG support, and the various networking upgrades including multicast DNS support and the IP filters-based firewall. He also designed and authored the ImageFileRender system, the updated Window Manager, produced new mouse and touchscreen drivers, added hardware abstraction to RISC OS 4, converted the operating system to 32bit mode for modern ARM processors, made the OS more portable, stable and modularised, and added extra backtrace support to the kernel for debugging purposes. He also added RockRidge long filename and Joilet long filename CD support, USB mass storage drivers, updated LanMan, added the strict executable checks to RISC OS 4, among many other Select features.
He also ported the Mozilla Classic engine and some of computer game Homeworld to RISC OS in his spare time, as well as wake-on-LAN and PPP-over-Ethernet clients.
It's understood development of Select 4 RISC OS 6 is progressing as various freelancing and contracted programmers continue to contribute to the source code. The release of Select 4 RISC OS 6 Preview was overseen by AdvantageSix's Matt Edgar, and the operating system installer was written by Aaron Timbrell.
Justin confimed the news, but declined to comment further. ROL's directors, Paul Middleton, Aaron Timbrell and Dave Holden, did not reply to drobe.co.uk's requests for comment. It's understood the company held its AGM this month.
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