ROL faces rebellion over Select delaysBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Oct 2005, 18:48:33 | Permalink | Printable
Top tip of the day: Don't ask for more money when you're 12 months lateRISCOS Ltd. have responded at length to heavy criticism from Select users. Paying subscribers are furious that they are being asked to fork out cash for another year's worth of updates, despite the fact that no software has been released under the scheme since June 2004. There is also confusion over how many Iyonix owners have registered an interest in a Select port for the Castle machine, and what features are likely to be included in future versions of Select.
MD Paul Middleton replied, "We are giving a three month's grace on Select subscriptions. i.e memberships that aren't renewed will have a three month's grace period before they lapse.
"I hope everyone will realise that if no-one renews their Select subscriptions then development will ultimately cease from lack of cashflow. We don't have the profit from hardware sales to use to subsidise the OS development."
However, it is unclear as to whether or not subscribers will see any Select updates within this extended period.
Paul went on to blast Castle for their actions last summer, which ROL claim led to the delay in the release of Select 4. He also pointed out 33 features of Select that are not present in RISC OS 5, but were included in Castle's mothballed Merlin wishlist project.
The ROL boss added that since our previous article on Select for the Iyonix, the number of Iyonix users who have registered an interest in the port has doubled to 36. ROL has not taken money yet from these particular subscribers, as they are waiting for at least 100 people to confirm that want Select for the Iyonix. Paul hinted that the hardware independence work for the A9 range of computers could be used to aid an Iyonix port.
Subscribers have also demanded that there be improved communication from ROL, especially in the form of regular development progress reports, and consultation on features they want to see implemented.
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