Martyn : Good points. It's encouraging to see that ROS Ltd is talking to Castle over Select. The problem here though is setting the single standard.
RISCOS Ltd are here purely for the OS and are happy to take what people fling at them (at the RONWUG meeting when Select was first being shown around, standards were discussed with the outcome being that whoever submitted their code first would have the standard). Should it be up to the AMSes? Not going on past performance. Should it be put in the hands of an independant (such as Archive)? Well, that would be the best idea. I personally feel that the divergence between Select/OS 4 and Castle's OS is one of the most harmful developments we've had in years. I would have prefered it if Castle had invested the development money in RISCOS Ltd to produce the neutral 26/32 bit OS and then developed the extras for their HAL. At least that way, we would still have a unified OS.
gman : must agree on the development enviroment. While a text editor and compiler is fine, having an IDE would really help things along (such as Gideon, KDevelop or Anjuita under Linux - but with the blobs for WIMP editing and/or toolbox facilities and a safe [read protected] memory area to test the code). Just about everything I write now is on the linux box and then either cross compiled (if it's C++, it's then tested under VA) or copied back onto my RPC and compiled there. It cuts development time down significantly. Something which would really handy would be the likes of the gnome/gtk, KDE, wxWindows and Qt libs being freely available under RISC OS (or if Peter made them a separate entity on the subscription scheme or even made the unsupported as is the case with SDL - this is not a poke at his sterling work in the field either, or a gripe, moan or anything like that, it would just promote activity without hassle)
Anyway, I've got work to do. Bloody day off, I'm busier than if I was in work!!!!!