In reply to mripley:
I understand your concern about the fork in the OS and it saddens me too.
However, I also think that it's rather less significant to a purchasing decision. Until (unless?) the rift is healed, software authors are likely to write for that part of the OS that is common to the two forks. Since both RO 4/Select and RO 5 were developments of RO 3.8 (ie the Phoebe OS), that is not too much of a sacrifice. The most important features are in both of these. In fact, most authors actually settle for something closed to RO 3.7 because of all those non-upgraded RPCs out there.