> It's a big upgrade for anyone running RISC OS 4.02 or below
Apart from Unicode FontManager support (which, so far, only one mainstream program is using when it is available), what makes the upgrade "big" ?
> It's fully 32 bit so the 28 MB application slot limit is removed
Not sure what real end-user difference this makes but most, if not all, memory hungry applications can happily use DAs these days.
And as soon as you're running the Aemulor, the 28MB application slot limit is back.
> Old 26-bit applications can be run with Aemulor (which is free)
> Most software is 32 bit now anyway
Which happily run on non-RISC OS 5 versions as well, so ?
> You can have the same OS across your RiscPC and IYONIX (in the case where you own both)
Eh, yes? And what advantage would that be ? Today RPC, VRPC and to some extend A9Home already can run the same OS. Hardly an advantage of RISC OS 5.
> It's free and future updates are free
I think this is the first time I see this long time promise. Does this mean Castle will never ask a fee when you distribute a licensed RO 5 under all circumstances ?
> If you're a programmer and find a bug, you can get at the source code and fix it yourself
We don't need to have RO 5 running for that. I suppose cherry picking could be an option as well.
> There is a bugs database and active forum at www.riscosopen.org where you can discuss any issues if you want
There is a similar forum for Select users as well. And I suppose the ROOL bugs database can be used to log bugs of all RISC OS versions, which incidentally would be great to track which fixes have been made in which RISC OS versions.
TBH I don't see many user convincing arguments here for replacing RISC OS 4 or RISC OS 6 by RISC OS 5. As developer I can see some potential excitement to do this kind of development, but this does not have a chance for ending up with a clean & reasonably QA'd OS version which end-users can comfortably install and use.
And it puts a further burden on the few RISC OS developers which see their product being deployed on yet another variant of RISC OS which need testing and supporting.