The inconsistency in this is breathtaking (to put it mildly). RISC OS Ltd lambasted Aaron for selling VA with (allegedly) an "unlicensed" version of RO 3.1.
ROL (if I recall correctly) even said they were not allowed distribute RO4 on non-ARM hardware. So what's changed ?
Is this a good thing ? I think overall it is extrodinarily bad news (all it will do is sell some extra copies of VA, and RO4 and most importantly Windows). And I know many will say that will put money into the Acorn market - but will it ? After all VA needs Windows to run, and RO4 (now being distributed with VA) will need Windows as well.
To run the Windows people will buy PC's and sales of RO hardware will suffer. Although this is being aimed at the portable market - surely people could also install it on a PC and (not) buy an Omega or Iyonix....