Virtual LicenseBy Peter Naulls. Published: 2nd Sep 2003, 19:26:45 | Permalink | Printable
RISCOS Ltd and VirtualAcorn team up
Due to popular demand, and following much speculation, RISCOS Ltd today announced it had reached an agreement with Virtual Acorn regarding licensing of RISC OS 4 for use with Virtual Acorn's emulators.
Previously, you could only buy VirtualRPC, which is now available as a standalone product, bundled with Microdigital's Alpha portable. Although for some users this has been a useful product, many others have protested that they already had suitable hardware - in particular, a laptop - to run it on. Until now, they have only been able to run the much slower VirtualA5000 on their existing kit.
With this new agreement, Virtual Acorn now have VirtualRPC-SE advertised on their site available for 159 UKP or 139 UKP as an upgrade from VA5000. The much higher price presumably reflects the not insubstantial costs in licensing RISC OS 4, as well as comments made by David Holdon on the Archive-on-Line mailing list that VA5000 was priced cheaply to aid its penetration.
As with the Alpha, RISCOS Ltd state that VirtualRPC is fully compatible with Select, given an existing Select licence (which you may recall is good for 10 computers). RISCOS Ltd also further state that in future "a special VirtualRPC version of the Select ROM image to further improve the Select experience".
There's still no networking support of course, but we've been assured that this is in testing, and that will be a welcome addition for many users. It also seems like that this will be a hot topic at the AGM next week.
RISCOS Ltd License RISC OS 4 for VirtualAcorn
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