RISCOS Ltd. AGMBy Peter Naulls. Published: 13th Sep 2003, 19:09:40 | Permalink | Printable
Still going strongOn Friday, RISCOS Ltd. held their second AGM in which members of the public were invited to attend. In lieu of other portals making an effort, drobe was there and able to report on it.
Compared to last year's AGM, the attendence was much lower, although MicroDigital again made an appearance; with several Omegas in tow demonstrating Select. As a novelty, Paul Beverley did not leave part way through - although he had threatened to with his wife waiting in a campervan in the carpark for a weekend break.
The AGM was never touted as a show like event, and we weren't expecting any major announcements, with it mostly being a review of the year's events and plans for the future. Nevertheless, there were a number of interesting points that are worth covering:
- Paul Middleton pointed out that because more than 4 years had passed (the milestone being reached earlier in the year) since their agreement with E-14, all Select developments belonged entirely to ROL.
- ROL are still considering pursuing their own 32-bit RISC OS. The quoted timeframe of 2-3 years at the last AGM (which of course pre-dated public knowledge of the Iyonix and RISC OS 5) is now seen to be considerably less - partly due to much better understanding by ROL of the OS, and presumably also by the considerable work done on Select in the last year. Such developments would of course require investment.
- In January 2004, a further 50,000 shares will be made available. These represent unclaimed shares from the last issue. No price is set, and it will depend upon various factors, but at the last issue, shares were priced at 1.25 UKP each. ROL is allowed 50 new investors per year.
- The forthcoming Select on ROM will be priced around 140 UKP for non-Select subscribers, with a suitable sliding scale for existing subscribers. It will have such features as booting directly from CDROM.
- ROL are also looking at bundling a 52x CDROM drive with RISC OS after concerns by some users and CDFS issues with old drives that some people have.
Paul Middleton also expressed confidence over levels of Select and RISC OS 4 sales as a consequence of availability of Omega, Alpha and VirtualRPC, and also made mention of some other products which we'll report upon when they roll round.
Finally, Paul explained that he would not be doing a detailed finanical report as he did last year because of the substantial effort involved, instead opting for an abbreviated version which will be available on the ROL website shortly. We'll report on that too, when it appears.
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