Three weeks before Omega can ship?By Chris Williams. Published: 18th Mar 2003, 21:44:52 | Permalink | Printable
German dealer a4 seems to think so [Updated 15:56 20/3/2003]Despite having no machines to ship at the moment, the Yorkshire-based RISC OS hardware company Microdigital defiantly continued their Omega mini-roadshow last weekend, stopping off in Germany at Soest and Wolfen. The shipping of the Omega is being held back, we're told, by confidential contractural reasons which need resolving before end users can get their hands on the 300Mhz StrongARM machine. Every time Microdigital turn out to an informal usergroup meeting, we end up learning something new and this one's no different.
a4, a German RISC OS dealer and, on the face of it, an exceedingly pro-Omega company, were overseeing the Sunday Wolfen event and have released photos and other details of the event. a4 report that Microdigital are optimistically looking at two to three weeks before their licencing problem is resolved, adding that distribution of the very-very-very much long awaited RISC OS 4 computer can immediately begin once this blockage has been shifted.
Usually hardware companies such as Microdigital are required to licence RISC OS from the OS developer, namely RISCOS Ltd. While Microdigital refuse to name who's involved in this licencing hold up, one doesn't have to gaze very far to guess which companies are complicated in the process to release the machine. Possibly, y'know, it could be something ultimately non-RISC OS related. Finally, given a4 is pretty close to Microdigital, we're tempted to believe them although three weeks is a lot closer than we expected - having spoken to Microdigital in previous weeks, when they thought the Omega could be shipped was anyone's guess.
We're also reliably informed by our pal Jules Zimmerle that the Saturday Soest event (overseen by the Arche usergroup) drew some local press and we're waiting to get our hands on their coverage.
And on the subject of photos (kinda), we've noticed that - wait for this - Acorn Cybervillage has updated today with a link to their new backdrops section. From here you can rifle through what looks like Cidervillage editor Stuart Halliday's personal photo collection and pick a colourful pinboard image - we particularly like the blue sky ones. There's always the drobe backdrops too.
You'll be pleased to know that the local press coverage of the Soest event has been duly scanned and published on Arche chairman Jules Zimmerle's website. You even get to see Microdigital's Dave A and Dave P looking smart as well as cheerful.
Omega in Wolfen, Germany
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