I've had ROS4 for my SA Risc PC since it came out. I got it primarily for the new filesystem which supported long filenames & large discs, and because I could reduce my boot sequence as a lot of the updated modules where now in ROM. In short its been great.
I've wanted Select since it was first advertised, great new desktop features that should have always been there. But I've been one of those people that is put off by the fact that the ROM image is soft loaded from disk. If ROL where to sell a version of ROS say sommat like ROS4.5 on ROM for a RPC which included the many select features i'd bite. Even if that meant the cost was twice the price of the current ROS4.02 ROMS.
I could potentially sell my old ROS4.02 ROMS to my Uncle or maybe ROL would be willing to accept some sort of trade in as proof that I'd already paid for the ROS4 licence.
Call me old school, but I still don't like the idea of my normal boot ROS machine loading the whole OS of disc, with the ROS4 ROM being relegated to nothing more than a PC BIOS with a nice setup tool (e.g. ROS4 without select or a disk). I know I'm already loading various ROM patches and extra modules, and that can take ages but that was one of the things that made ROS different from Windows. Now I know that the ROMS are slower, and that I would benefit from soft loading into RAM but... If the soft loading into RAM occured from the ROMS rather than the HD I'd be happy. Maybe I'd even be able to run ROS4.5 without a hard disk?
(Tusk... I'm typing this on my ADSL enabled XP machine which is on 24/7, looking over at my Risc PC as it gathers dust. Its not turned on nearly enough these days, except to collect mail from my old dialup account. What I need is an excuse to start playing with my RISC OS Box again. I really should configure my ADSL router so my RPC can use it...)
Last thing Does select include the ANT Internet Suite now. I have the orginal one, and use PLUTO for mail over dialup, but I know it uses its own IP stack or sommat. I have the 10M LAN card and am able to talk to the PC Network (SAMBA etc) but I'm not sure how I could convice the Fresco to use the LAN rather than the modem, and still be able to switch back to the modem when required.