> why should they when folks like Castle come along, shun ROL and sell their own dubious crappy cut of the OS
If ROL couldn't agree with Castle to sort out a 32bit OS why should Castle wait around when they can get it cheaper elsewhere? Prove it's a) dubious, and b) crappy.
> It's far far more beneficial to me to have a 233Mhz StrongARM running lots of software and a decent OS than a 600Mhz XScale running square root bugger all with an OS that's frankly years out of date.
Does nothing for hardware manufacturers if they can't sell new machines. And in x years when there's no StrongARMs and faster XScales? ROS5 will be better off, ROS4 will be worse off.
> Why would anyone have any reason to develop any app for Iyonix only? It offers nothing over Select, just happens to be running a wee bit faster.
Where "a wee bit" is at least 2 times faster on CPU bound things and up to 50 times faster with harddisc IO, yeah, noone wants that.
Features it has over Select: Cheaper. Unicode, Sprites11, support for Thumb stuff, DOSFS disc title fix, ShareFS over subnets, documentation available for all, support for Windows keyboard keys in desktop. Unicode and documentation are the obvious plus points. And you know everyone with an Iyonix has it, unlike Select.
Why would anyone have any reason to develop any app for Select only?
They're "stuck" with a 600MHz CPU, and Select is stuck with a 233MHz CPU or emulation. Any network support in Virtual Acorn yet?
Castle paid me one hundred billion dollars to write this.