STD defends A5 conceptBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Aug 2004, 21:40:36 | Permalink | Printable
There, thereOver the weekend Stuart Tyrrell of Advantage Six defended the recently unveiled A5, stressing again that it's a proof of concept, despite the device running RISC OS on an emulator.
While users speculated on the idea of RISC OS running natively on a PDA, Stuart warned of the mistakes Acorn made with the doomed Stork portable.
"We [Advantage Six] should have realised from the start that the way to take RISC OS forward was to approach customers to blindly fund future machines running on processors they weren't 'used to', using an unknown OS, without giving them indication as to whether the lot was suitable for their intended application in the first place," complained Stuart, after someone foolishly assumed that the A5 was actually just yet another bit of WindowsXP kit to slap VirtualRiscPC on.
"Heaven forbid we offer them a workable migration path from their existing x86 applications - surely they'll just let us re-write them without reference... After all, this is the 80's."
Top effort for sarcasm, Stuart. Or at least, we hope that's sarcasm.
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