Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves betaPublished: 20th Apr 2008, 22:42:06 | Permalink | Printable
Emulation software on sale in time for Wakefield 2008RiscPC-hardware emulation software VirtualRiscPC is now officially available for flash Apple Mac computers after spending a year in beta testers' hands. A full release is now shipping after selected brave punters test drove the software and offered their feedback to VRPC publisher VirtualAcorn so that bugs and other issues could be addressed.
In May last year, VRPC was first made publicly available as a beta to Apple PowerPC Mac users. In October, a version went on sale for new Intel-powered Macs. The latest full version of VirtualRiscPC released this month is compatible with both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Previous beta testers can also post back their install CDs to upgrade for free to the latest full version.
In an announcement, VA boss Aaron Timbrell said: "The first beta version was made available at Wakefield 2007 and in the 11 months since then we have been hard at work improving the product with the valuable assistance of all the beta testers.
"The feedback offered has been excellent and has allowed us to greatly improve the product. In addition we have been able to add a number of features that we hadn't previously considered."
VirtualRiscPC was developed by Graeme Barnes, who last time we heard was working full-time for chip design giant ARM, and emulates a RiscPC-class machine to allow punters to run RISC OS and associated applications within a Windows or Apple Mac OS X environment.
• Aaron also this week angrily denied there was any truth in "deeply insulting" suggestions that there is a conflict of interest between himself and stalled efforts to bring out a port of RISC OS Select for the Castle Iyonix. Aaron is a director of RISCOS Ltd, which develops Select and RISC OS 4 and 6 and these versions of the operating system can be run on VirtualRiscPC but not the Iyonix, which instead uses RISC OS 5, a rival to ROL's OS.
Aaron added that he had "spent some considerable time trying to get Select for the Iyonix sorted" but said ROL were still waiting for technical details from Castle before a stable port could be carried out.
He added: "I've worked bloody hard over the last couple of years to get ROL's development back on track. I made myself very ill working on RISC OS Select 4i1 and 4i2. I've made it clear that I've done my best to get Select working on the Iyonix.
"I'd have more to gain by just walking away from RISC OS completely but I am not going to. I, along with many others, have made a commitment and we will all stick to that commitment. My role is now mainly hands off. I do not dictate the development work that is undertaken and I certainly do not 'restrict' RISC OS development in any way."
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