Select nets 1,000th subscriberPublished: 15th Jul 2007, 23:00:32 | Permalink | Printable
Focus now on A9home and VRPC, still not friends with Castle RISCOS Ltd is pushing ahead with development for the VirtualRiscPC and A9home platforms after bagging its 1,000th Select subscriber. ROL admitted it is making slow progress with the Iyonix Select port, claiming a "lack of interest from Castle" - but its developers are full-steam ahead with A9home and VRPC work. The company added it has sold over 6,000 vanilla RISC OS 4 ROM sets, 1,800 Adjust ROM sets, but said it has only heard from 130 Iyonix users who want Select on their Xscale-powered machines.
A ROL spokesman told Select subscribers: "The fastest development on RISC OS Six happens with our committed partners Advantage Six and VirtualAcorn, and we have much planned to take advantage of the features available with Virtual Acorn on PC and now Mac, as well as a full release of RISC OS for the A9Home.
"The release of Select 4 has shown that there is still demand for enhanced versions of RISC OS from new and existing users, with the 1,000th RISC OS Select subscriber recently being signed up.
"We are still committed to offering Select features to Iyonix users, but the lack of interest from Castle to support the project means that we are only able to make slow progress in that respect."
Playing down a suggestion that ROL would support a 'VirtualIyonix' emulator, the spokesman added: "From our point of view the lack of new features in RISC OS 5 since its launch four years ago speaks volumes.
"RISC OS 6 has far more advanced features than RISC OS 5, as has been shown by the number of users who want RISC OS Select features on their real Iyonix."
It's understood a gap has somewhat opened up between RISC OS 4.42 on the A9home and RISC OS 6.06, released for RiscPC-class machines and emulators. For instance, issues present in 4.42 and the preview of 6.00 have been addressed in the 26bit RISC OS 6 stream, and these updates must now be brought across to the A9home OS, according to well placed sources.
Members of the close-knit development team have been hit by a number of personal set-backs, delaying efforts to synchronise the 32bit and 26bit versions of ROL's OS - effectively holding up Select for the A9home and the release of a new A9home Flash ROM.
AdvantageSix are set to announce details of a new RISC OS release for A9home users in due course. Castle were not available for comment.
RISC OS Select website - keep an eye on this page for ROL's RISC OS 5 v Select 4 table
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