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.