Thomas: I too am a bit of a fan of MD's, I always found the Omega more interesting than the competition (interesting, not necessarily better) but I am a bit pissed off about the laptop, it's just a Wintel laptop with an emulator, seemingly nothing more. If the laptop ships before the Omega then it'll just take the piss out those who put down deposits years ago for the Omega that MD decided to release a Wintel clone before they released a RISC OS machine.
MD say they've been messed around by bigger companies this may be true, but we only have their word for it.
I really think the Omega could be the saviour of the RISC OS platform (and christ, it *does* need saving) with it's UMA, Mesa, MPEG and extra processor slot it could be very compelling to existing and new users. However it's not available, and apparently when it is which is supposed to be in a week or two (heard that before) it will not have working USB,networking, or video acceleration. So while I really like the whole spec of the Omega, until it's released it does not mean anything. And to make matters somewhat worse MD will now try to sell us PC laptops.