1. What I tried to state is that due to ROL more often than not stating that sofloading their Select features as modules on top of RO5 is *not* possible because of kernel changes needed I kind of have the impression that they're into offering a full RO as IYONIX Select but using the hardware drivers of RO 5. That was not meant to mean that I consider that a viable or likeable approach.
The claimed need of kernel changes is something which is hard to believe (me not being the only one thinking it hard to believe) and should not affect but very few things (if any functionality at all) - just think of add-ons like ImageFS, CDROMFS and LayerFS etc which show what can be done on top of an existing RISC OS. Furthermore looking at the IYONIX demos ROL does where they do softload the odd module to show Select functionality on RISC OS 5 does let this "kernel changes needed" claim look a bit strange
2. What I personally would prefer and ever since told anybody happy to listen or read and explicitely to PM@ROL is a set of modules and applications being supplied as IYONIX Select which add the Select features to RO 5 which are missing there (some are already present in RO 5).
For ROL that softload module/applications approach should offer the odd advantage: Less work (the IYONIX demos showing that parts are already done) and thus less invenstments needed and thus less financial risk. Furthermore no need for a RO license saving even more. The result should reduce the risk of incompatibilities with things like Aemulor and Geminus (and thus the need for the author to update both) and due to being much cheaper to produce it should be *cheaper* for the end user. This would result in more sales and thus probably more income for ROL which is what they need it to be commercial viable.
3. Unfortunately to the best of my knowlegde (which in this case is derived from the odd internet source like drobe as well as infos directly from PM@ROL) the softlaoding of Select feature modules and/or applications on top of a full RO5 is something ROL is not looking at... The meaning of that as for time scheduled, pricing etc is left to the reader to figure out (I can't anyhow)