My guess? 1 year. Minimum. Most likely longer.It has been 4 years now, this month Steve has been working on SR 6.1! Wow time flies. How long will 7 take to develop?
I think Steve will fairly quickly have a version of the current SR 6.1 code ported into the environment of 7.
No, for 6.1 he mostly stopped using the BIOS and wrote his own drivers for the hardware. Assuming the new real time OS doesn't get in the way, those drivers should still be fine. What he'll need to rework is timers (if he was using the BIOS for them) and the UI input/output (since the new OS will need a new UI driver.) I didn't say he'd have a fully finished version quickly, but I think he will quickly get something basic working based on the skeleton of what he already has. Of course, only time will tell.every line of code will need to be rewritten
If 6.1 took over 4 years, I would expect 7 to take just as long.
The 4 years included taking out side projects! We currently have a side project for 6.1. How many other "shiny things" will distract 7 from being developed? We also have to consider "feature creep", which will undoubtedly happen. Some time ago, I suggested having a bet on how long 6.1 would take, no one wanted to take that. So yeah, I think it will take time to get 7 out the door, I am not complaining, just making conversation.If there are too many side projects or too many additional new features are considered for SR 7.0, then all bets are off. And it could take 4 years !
Right. With the move to SR 7x, all the restrictions of the 16 bit DOS-BIOS environment of SR 6.1 will be gone. The flood gates to "feature creep" will be WIDE open. Steve may succumb to "featuritis"!We also have to consider "feature creep", which will undoubtedly happen.