Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past IyonixBy Chris Williams. Published: 10th Nov 2005, 10:56:21 | Permalink | Printable
RiscPC king still rules the landLess than a third of Archive magazine readers sampled in a recent survey own an Iyonix computer. Over three-quarters own a RiscPC and VirtualRiscPC ownership makes up 30 percent - overtaking the Castle Iyonix.
Archive asked readers who were resubscribing around August time to declare which machines they owned and used on a regular basis. The survey included almost a half of the pint-sized magazine's readership of roughly 1,200 RISC OS users. Editor Paul Beverley admitted in his comment piece surrounding the results that the exercise was more of a fun experiment than hard, scientific research. If anything, it forms an interesting comparison with drobe.co.uk readers who voted in a similar online survey: While the dinosaur RiscPC use still dwarfed other computer systems, Iyonix ownership was greater than VirtualRiscPC.
It could simply be that Internet-savvy readers prefer native hardware to emulation.
Paul wrote in his column: "The bit of data I find the most interesting is the 'X-Factor'. This gives a sense of whether people with particular computers are likely to want other people to know about the fact. So in the 'I want people to know' stakes, A9 owners are the most out-spoken, followed by Omega users. In the 'I don't want people to know' stakes, the Archimedes and A7000 owners are the most reticent."
|Machine class||Percentage of Archive readers in sample|
|VRPC on a laptop||19.0%|
|VRPC on a PC||11.6%|
A publisher whose software is bundled with the Iyonix let slip last month that, according to their figures, roughly 600 Iyonixes have been shipped to date since its launch in November 2002.
Update at 02:00 11/11/2005
Updated the table above to reflect the results published in this month's Archive. This is a revised set of data following the initial figures released in October for those readers who took part late in the magazine's survey.
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