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Select 4i2 apps will run on A9home

Published: 1st May 2007, 22:51:34 | Permalink | Printable

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Ingenious A9home users have spotted that many of the applications included in this week's Select 4 release will work on their 32bit-only machines. Software including the latest Paint, and other apps from Maestro to Meteors can be loaded onto the ARM9-powered computers from AdvantageSix - as this screenshot shows. It is thought this is the first time some of the OS-bundled applications have been able to run on the A9home.

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The Select 4 RISC OS 6 release 2 documentation says the OS release is only suitable for A7000 and RiscPC-class kit, although the desktop software appears to be 26/32bit neutral - allowing it to run on the A9home. The little blue computers cannot load the RISC OS 6 kernel, although its 32bit RISC OS 4.42 appears to be a close enough cousin for the programs to work.

Meanwhile users have crossed their fingers in hope that an operating system update for the A9home is nearing completion. They say they have been waiting for a small number of issues to be addressed, and hope to run a full version of Select 4 at some point.


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Do the apps run on the Iyonix by any chance? My subscription lapsed a while ago, so I am unable to download and test.

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 1/5/07 11:14PM
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Does this breach the licencing agreement?

I imagine that getting an A9home release of RISC OS 6 out the door is pretty high on ROL's priority list. Lets hope so!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/07 11:34PM
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I just tried Maestro, which works ok on the Iyonix, but Meteors requires ColourTrans 1.83 or later.

I did try grabbing this via Zap, but of course it's only 26 bit. :-(

 is a RISC OS Userpv on 1/5/07 11:48PM
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ColourTrans on my A9home is version 1.83 (don't have a select subscription so can't try the new RO6 bits)

 is a RISC OS UserEasyKees on 2/5/07 12:04AM
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Please can you email me that sprite file, I'd like to see if the alpha channel transparency support works ;)

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 2/5/07 8:50AM
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That's pretty amusing news, though indeed not really that surprising. It made me wonder though, if the current A9home OS lacks some of the bundled utilities or apps other machines have as standard?

Anyway, now that ROL has Select 4i2 out the door, I hope they'll concentrate on finalising RISC OS 4.4x on the A9home. It's about time, seeing the machine has been officially released a year ago...

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 2/5/07 9:37AM
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I am not sure if you mean the alpha transparancy in general, as Adjust's version of Paint does work with it :@)

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 2/5/07 9:50AM
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I think what Druck really wants is to make the bikini transparent. ;)

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 2/5/07 1:10PM
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VinceH: Definitely information overload. Druck in a transparent bikini.....

I'm almost afraid to go to Wakefield just in case.

 is a RISC OS Userapdl on 2/5/07 2:49PM
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In reply to apdl:

redundant word: transparent....

 is a RISC OS UserCol1 on 2/5/07 4:35PM
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