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In my mind we need to forget about 26bit for the RPC version. We already have a 26bit OS and I am not suggesting we re-invent the same thing as this will still result in 2 versions of the OS and solve nothing.

Yes! A 32bit version will break old 26bit software the same as it did on the Ionix. Only by creating a 32bit os that is as close as possible in all versions do I see this as a good, sensible and viable way forward.

I am in total agreement with you if anyone is suggesting we re-build a 26bit version from the ROOL source for the RPC. It will only result in a complete waste of time as we only loose features and gain nothing in terms of making it easier to develop software and it won't create a market for more software to be 32bitted.

Lastly if the RPC, Ionix & I guess A9 as well can run the same 32bit version of the OS so software developers can now justify developement of a 32bit version to the new enlarged pot of customers who require a 32bit version of software. On top of this 32bitting of software may present the developer with a good opertunity to add a missing feature as they will be ammending the code anyway and with just a single version of the OS to code for it will likely make any development of new features easier (though of course that may also not always be the case in some types of software that would benefit or specifically need new hardware features in later machines).

I hope this better demonstrates where I am coming from and where I see this as a potential good thing for the market rather than a bad thing.

ATB

John

 is a RISC OS Usermrmac on 31/1/07 3:32PM
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