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The Icon Bar: News and features: RISC OS Select on ROM [updated]

RISC OS Select on ROM [updated]

Posted by Phil Mellor on 23:11, 21/2/2004 | , , , , , , , ,
RISCOS Ltd have announced their pricing scheme for the new ROM edition of Select, RISC OS 4.39. The 6MB of RISC OS Select, until now only resident on disc, has been crammed into the 4MB physical ROM. This will allow faster boot times as there is no softloading process, a common criticsm of the disc-bound distribution.

RISC OS 4.39 will be compatible with the Risc PC, Kinetic, and the A7000+, and an image for Virtual RPC users will also be released. Paul Middleton explained that the low level changes to their RISC OS 4 source tree have not been made to the RISC OS 5 kernel and modules, making it difficult to transfer the higher level features of Select to the Iyonix. However, "RISCOS Ltd is committed to making the new features of Select available to all RISC OS users but it requires the co-operation and support of the hardware manufacturers."

We expect more details of RISC OS 4.39 to appear on RISCOS Ltd's web site soon. In the meantime, here's the damage report for your wallet:

Upgrade from RISC OS 3 to 4.39 ROM - £140
Upgrade from RISC OS 4 to 4.39 ROM - £125
Upgrade to 4.39 ROM after 1 year's Select subscription: £105
...after 2 years: £95
...after 3 years: £85

The initial production run will be limited to 150 ROM sets, so don't delay in filling in the order form.

Update: You can now read RISCOS Ltd's press release and FAQ.

  RISC OS Select on ROM [updated]
  (11:35 23/2/2004)
  andrew (17:21 23/2/2004)
    ad (17:24 23/2/2004)
      Loris (17:31 23/2/2004)
        Wibbler (18:08 23/2/2004)
          ad (20:30 23/2/2004)
            martin (13:46 24/2/2004)
              Kinetic not @ home (14:03 24/2/2004)
Rich Cheng Message #92780, posted at 11:35, 23/2/2004
Unregistered user Let's compute!


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Andrew Message #92781, posted by andrew at 17:21, 23/2/2004, in reply to message #92780
HandbagHandbag Boi
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This is great news IMHO. Is there not an option to just buy a set though?
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Andrew Duffell Message #92782, posted by ad at 17:24, 23/2/2004, in reply to message #92781

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I assume that it si £140 to just buy a set, because they don't ask for RO3 ROM serial nums. If not just buy some RO3.5 ROMs cheap of eBay.
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Tony Haines Message #92783, posted by Loris at 17:31, 23/2/2004, in reply to message #92782
madbanHa ha, me mine, mwahahahaha
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Does anyone know how they did the compaction? 33% seems quite good.
Maybe they just CodePressed everything
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Wibbler Message #92784, posted at 18:08, 23/2/2004, in reply to message #92783
Unregistered user Some things are compressed, some built more efficiently, a very few things cut. All you really need to know is that the functionality is the same or better than the Select 3i3 release.
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Andrew Duffell Message #92785, posted by ad at 20:30, 23/2/2004, in reply to message #92784

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Ten pounds off for a RO 4.02 ROM part exchange :| I could get more on eBay.
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martin hansen Message #92786, posted by martin at 13:46, 24/2/2004, in reply to message #92785
Posts: 17
Yes, I'll pay more than £10 for a set from ebay. As I want ten sets maybe I should make RISC OS on offer for those that they receive as part exchange.
It's an interesting psychology to put up the price (from March 1st) of the old RISC OS 4 ROMS at the same time as saying they only have a trade in value of £10.
I guess most folks can't be bothered faffing around on ebay for the sake of a few quid.
I'm certainly looking forward to buying one set of the new 4.39 ROMS, by the way.
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Kinetic not @ home Message #92787, posted at 14:03, 24/2/2004, in reply to message #92786
Unregistered user I shall certainly put mine on eBay, because I expect more than a few quid more than 10pounds for them...
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The Icon Bar: News and features: RISC OS Select on ROM [updated]