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Select 2i3 stable release

By Chris Williams. Published: 20th Nov 2002, 06:35:38 | Permalink | Printable

CDs of RISC OS 4.33 out ASAP, 32bit Shared C Library softloading now permitted

Back in October, we reported on the beta release of RISC OS Select 2 to Select subscribers. Today we've learnt from RISCOS Ltd. that RISC OS 4.33 (Kernel 6.24) has been declared stable and a release version of the OS is now available online to subscribers; CDs will be dispatched as soon as possible. This makes RISC OS 4.33 aka Select 2i3 officially the latest version of RISC OS for 26 bit machines.

Feature update
Also, the feature list for Select 2 has been revised since the beta release with the following additions:

Window cleaning
Selected icons in the filer and some similar interfaces (such as FTPc), are highlighted using user configurable colours, as the image below shows.

Selected sprites that are highlighted in this way fade towards the highlight background colour rather than being simply inverted. The window configuration tool has been re-written and re-designed to provide a more structured means of configuring the appearance of your desktop.

Bigger sharing
ShareFS can now report the free space on remote discs that have a capacity greater than 4GB. The remote machine must be running RISC OS Select 2i3 or RISC OS 5.

More from where that came from
There's also been a number of bug fixes and various issues addressed, all of which can be read about here.

32bit and Select
32bit coverage on drobe.co.uk Up and till now, RISC OS Select has prevented the user from replacing the default Shared C Library module with another one, a process known as softloading. The Shared C Library module is considered to be a core critical component of the OS but in order for a 26 bit machine to run compiled 26/32 bit neutral code, the machine needs to be running a 26/32 bit neutral Shared C library module. The prevention of softloading a newer Shared C Library has been a problem for Select users wishing to develop and test 26/32 bit neutral software but as of Select 2i3, that restriction has now been lifted, according to RISCOS Ltd. RISCOS Ltd. have maintained in the past that the restriction was there so that during beta testing they can assume that everyone's running official core modules. As Select 2i3 has been branded stable, RISCOS Ltd. appear happy to allow users to use their machines as they see fit, although they will not support any applications which require a softloaded Shared C Library.

RISCOS Ltd. also add that they intend to release their own version of the 32 bit development tools.


RISC OS Select website

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Selected sprites now shade in a good looking fashion - marvellous! I like tweaks like this which are simple but effective. They don't reduce usability or hinder the user in any fashion but make the desktop a little more pleasing to the eye.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 20/11/02 10:24AM
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In fact, they tend to increase usability when well thought out. It's these kinds of things that ROL have slowly but surely been adding to Select. I once again look forward to the next version.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 20/11/02 10:37AM
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A good example is the scroll wheel support, something which I was initialy sceptical of using, but now couldn't live without!

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 20/11/02 12:40PM
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Mmm, should really get hold of a ps2 mouse interface and suitable mouse.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/11/02 4:17PM
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ROL are going to release their own 32-Bit tools - what's this yet another version of AcornC/C++?

So will this be the Acorn original plus ROL changes, or the Pace beta ROL released earlier or what?!

I wonder how this will differ from Castle's (I've noticed that !ResEd and !ResTest in Castle's suite are older than Select ones).

I'm off to download 32-Bit gcc! ;o)

-- #include "sig.h"

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 20/11/02 5:27PM
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simo: no-one knows what version the ROL C/C++ tolls will be. Don't speculate.


 is a RISC OS Usertakkaria on 21/11/02 4:17PM
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