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There is a serious problem emerging for software developers based on the number of varients of OS and hardware. Right now I can think of about 8 different OS varients/hardware platforms (maybe more) for RISC OS apps, each wildly different from the next. Even from a users' perspective, I see problems gauranteeing the software that you buy will work on the system you own. Whilst of course it is down to us as developers/publishers to ensure as much compatibility as we can, it makes it more and more expensive to support/develop RISC OS apps. It doesn't help the huge number of RO4 varients tht now seem to be running on different hardware. From an outsider's perspective - which is better 4.40 or 5.09? (based on version numbers) All rather confusing.

I can't help feeling that Iyonix Select and the A9 should really be classed as RISC OS 6. That would leave OS 4 as 26bit RiscPC era hardware. RO5 as Iyonix/32bit castle. RO6 as 32bit RISCOS Ltd (assuming that Iyonix-Select is similar to the OS in the A9, which may be too much to hope).

But perhaps that would be too simple and logical. Here's hoping.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 9/6/05 2:30PM
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