Select 4 delayed after Middleton family deathPublished: 13th Jan 2007, 21:51:32 | Permalink | Printable
But features list promised "shortly"The release of Select 4 was delayed after a close relative of ROL boss Paul Middleton died shortly before Christmas, although the company is now said to be "pretty close" to a release. An announcement regarding the availability of RISC OS Select for the Iyonix is also set to be made in early 2007, according to a letter received by punters this week.
Pressure on RISCOS Ltd to release the next version of their operating system is mounting after A9home users called for a Flash ROM upgrade. Also, one Select subscriber received this week a renewal offer that expired on New Year's eve. A9home owners reporting bugs have asked for signs of progress from ROL and AdvantageSix while order form downloads from the ROL website remain broken.
A ROL spokesman told subscribers: "The timescales for the full release of Select 4i1 are pretty close, but we can't give an exact date just yet.
"This is in part due to a family bereavement for Paul Middleton just before Christmas which has delayed a number of events. There will be an official press release shortly detailing which features will be present in Select 4i1, and for which platforms they will be available."
It's understood printing and Viewfinder support have been made 32bit-compatible, and will be part of the next operating system release from RISCOS Ltd. The recent departure of Select architect Justin Fletcher from the company is also believed to have had an effect on the release timescales.
Out of date
One subscriber received this week a letter urging him to renew his Select subscription, and although the renewal special offer enclosed was valid until December 31, 2006, the envelope appears to have been posted on January 10, 2007. The letter itself is dated November 14, 2006 - a week before the Midlands show and the release of Select 4 RISC OS 6 Preview.
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Paul Middleton was not available for immediate comment.
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