Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Reply to thread

Aaron: we talked about getting RISC OS 6 to run as the exclusive OS on the Iyonix, something which requires information on the Iyonix hardware which Castle haven't supplied, so obviously leads to major difficulties for that route. The discussion now is about providing a range of Select features as a value added product to be used in conjunction with the base OS of RISC OS 5.

Unfortunately ROL seemingly refuse to acknowledge the second option exists and prefer to sit back and prevaricate about why they can't proceed on the first option. An exclusive core OS on Iyonix hardware would be the cleaner and better long term solution, but it also has considerable short term disadvantages given the huge amount of hardware specific driver code which would have to be needlessly duplicated, then support issues for both ROL and Castle while it reaches the same level of maturity as RO5 has over the last 4.5 years. Castle in particular would be unwilling to have to invest resources to investigate problems reported with hardware which turned out to be due to running a 3rd party OS.

Providing some/most/all Select features as softload over RISC OS 5 avoids those issues. If could be done as a single or phased series of releases, whichever suits development resources and revenue potential. This would get Iyonix owners onside and part of the Select scheme and contributing to the development effort, and show Castle that there is benefit to having Select run on the Iyonix. Maybe then the work to get RISC OS 6 can proceed, and without the huge pressure of a big bang release, leading to more stable product.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 19/07/07 09:27AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • The New Drobe Discussion Forum

     Discuss this. Published: 13 Jan 2001

  • Random article

  • Heavy duty A3 scanner and printer tested on ROS
    CJE says it works, users double check price tag
     1 comment, latest by rmac on 18/4/06 4:57PM. Published: 17 Apr 2006

  • Useful links

    News and media:

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster


    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign

    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "I must put drobe.co.uk on the blacklist of UN USER FRIENDLY ACORN WEBSITES"
    Page generated in 0.0359 seconds.