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We treat RISC OS 4.02 as our baseline OS, because that appears to be what the majority of customers are running these days. Due to physical constraints (how many machines we can keep around to hook up to the network for testing) we are actually unable to easily test on 3.7 or earlier any more. Having said that, we will always endeavour to do what we can to support customers with older hardware, since excluding people is not in anyone's interest in this small marketplace. As far as I am aware, OS4 has no compatibilty issues outstanding - certainly no more so than 3.70. If I remember correctly, OS4 was more compatible in some areas, but I am sure someone can cite an opposite example!

As far as Windows is concerned, last time I checked Windows ME, 2000 and XP are all still supported, and even 98 had its life artificially extended. I would argue that Windows 2000 is probably today's baseline OS in the Microsoft world, because it introduced most of what ultimately matured in XP. Most software apps will work on 2000 or XP these days, although ME (which was essentially Win98 with faster booting, IE5 and Media Player) is probably less well supported due to its heritage.

In other words, RISC OS 4, being released in 1999, is probably age-wise a similar "base line" to Win2000. Obviously I do not mean that feature-wise, but I do believe it is fair to state that both RISC OS and Windows treat the baseline OS as a 6-year old product.

Since OS5 seems to be part-OS4, part OS3.70 and a few post-OS4 bells and whistles, once again OS4 (but compliled to 32bit or via StubsG) seems to be the baseline feature set.

I will put my neck out and say that those refusing to upgrade to either a newer machine, or OS4.xx (if sticking with RiscPC) are not helping RISC OS progress forwards, and should think hard about what they want from their favoured computer/OS platform in the future.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 11/11/05 10:59PM
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