Overall, if we ignore the long gap between Select 3 and Select 4, the Select scheme has been a good success. Both RiscPC and Virtual RiscPC users have enjoyed regular updates to the OS and its ancillary applications. The question is how far should such a scheme go?
I think RISCOS Ltd has missed a trick here - after the fuss over ROL producing a version of Select for the Iyonix, the Select scheme should progress from being all about the operating system to being a product for the platform as a whole.
Would it not be feasible for Select development to be split, say six months on operating system work and six months on applications for the platform - such as finishing off the port of Firefox, porting the Gnash Flash player or an open source Java engine?
These are only examples. I’m sure other people would have their own ideas for general developments that would benefit the platform as whole. Such activity would almost certainly make users of RISC OS 4, 5 and 6 consider subscribing to the scheme and thus channelling additional funds into new developments. Sadly, it's unclear just how much in the way of extra funds this may bring or how effective this split development approach will be - but I'm sure it's worth considering."
Veering wildly back on topic...
I couldn't agree more with this. rjek and others are arguing about the worth of various features of Riscos6 (see above), and I have to say I think both sides of the debate miss the greater point raised in Paul's article.
According to personal preference SunRaster import may well be mostly useless while image file thumbnails may well be mostly useful---but if some time were spent working on applications at the expense of working on OS polish then that would be vastly more appreciated than either.