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druck: "If Select which was remarkably compatible caused problems on your RiscPC, what do you think running a 32bit only operating system will do? No 26 bit applications will run at all."

The problems were related to 2 main things: I couldn't get my Select to work with my screen (X-filed) and one often used application would crash at a particular point probably due to restructured OS components in Select. It had nothing to with 26-bit / 32-bit compatibility. Like I previously said; most software I use will probably keep working - meaning they are 26/32-bit neutral and rely on common 4.0x / 5.xx aspects.

If you read the ROOL article referred to by above Drobe news, you'd find this bit:

"There is no provision for mixing 26-bit mode and 32-bit mode applications on the same machine – if you built the OS to run in 32-bit mode, you would be losing the ability to run legacy applications. However, it should still be possible to build the OS to run in 26-bit mode, with the loss of large application slots and the large module area."

Like flibble also pointed out, RISC OS 5 can be built to run in 26-bit mode and, furthermore, there's probably a fair deal of support left for the RiscPC in the sources available to ROOL. This was the point I was trying to make earlier; the effort required to make it RiscPC / emulator compatible may not be so substantial, though certain obstacles need to be overcome. The price of OS consolidation, I guess.

Yes, there are a load of 26-bit apps left, but clinging to those might also severely restrict future growth possibilities - personally, I do not require them just as I no longer require the name 'Acorn' to play a role in my RISC OS computing. I like to run a relatively modern OS with relatively modern apps on it, like NetSurf for example.

"If I gave you a copy of RISC OS 5 for RiscPC today, you'd have deleted it and be back to running 4.02 an hour later, and complaining like mad about all the things I've detailed above."

That depends - but if you cooked up a special version for me you may well be right ;)

"Therefore anyone who wants RISC OS 5 on the RiscPC must state precisely what they expect it to be, in terms of functionality and compatibility with both existing software and 3rd party hardware."

Fully compatible. I'm pretty sure most stuff will work like it did with 3.7, since the resources still exist + the various Pace / Tematic builds continued for the RiscPC until about 2001. I'm even willing to give up on certain things, if it means working together on a singular OS with all accompanying benefits for the market and developers.

"Otherwise if fiddle is right and all we get is people tinkering with the source for their own bloody minded amusement, ROOL is going very quickly plummet the to depths of customer dissatisfaction enjoyed by ROL, and the platform will be sunk along with it."

I'm not so sure about that or if ROOL would allow it. We still have to see the final license which will determine the specifics. I'm glad you care about it so much, but please keep an open mind.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 31/1/07 4:06PM
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