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Chris wrote >Ok, but "ROL have no way of knowing how the CTL nVIDIA or USB modules work with other OS-level components. That's what ROL mean when they talk about differences internally".

But the point of adstracting the hardware away is *you don't need to know*. If what you say was true PCITv couldn't be done could it? It accesses the Iyonix's innards yet (I presume) has no particular "inside" information on RO5 (nor would it need any other than that which is publically documented anyway). Why can't ROL do the same?

I think part of the problem is that ROL wants to replace *all* of RO5 and yet make use of the existing drivers.... It would make *more* sense to port some of the higher level RO Select features across (giving UI enhancements say) accept that the "Utility Module" and key modules will still be RO5's and that the Select modules will have to satisfy themselves with the same level of access as say PCItv has.

It may be more stable (for that read *safer*) to leave as much of RO5 in place as possible and modify the modules ROL *do* have control over (the ones they wrote) and modify them to coexist with the RO5 system. To do otherwise, I believe, creates interdependancies and problems that will create a big mess I fear. A

If ROL *want* to do a full replacement of RO5 with Select then yes you're right they'd need drivers - but guess what ROL *claim* to write operating systems - so let them. And if that means writing drivers - fine so be it. When you buy Windows (for example) it's chock full of drivers - all written by guess who (yep Microsoft). Why should ROL be able to avoid doing what MS and CTL have done ?

In short ROL should either *produce a FULL Select for Iyonix with THEIR OWN DRIVERS* and dispense with RO5 fully OR accept the presence of RO5 and just add UI enhancements and modules that do not expect (not don't use or rely on) low level hardware features. Given that ROL already claim "hardware independance" for their Select that *should* be relatively easy shouldn't it ?

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 09/09/06 8:56PM
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