>"emulator has the OS in a chip". Yeh RIGHT! You
> really shouldn't believe everything you're told.
well it's stated that the OS is in a chip on the motherboard on all the promotional literature (lots of it about, kinda similar to the Iyonix's was so unless they really want more abuse at the hands of the community I'd guess it was correct
> to make matters somewhat worse MD will now try to sell us
> PC laptops.
iirc I am somewhat of an anomaly - according to MD, (and indeed all the posters etc) the RISC OS community is not the primary target of the machine. So no, they're not trying to sell you a wintel laptop, although if you want a risc pc on your lap, there you go Rather, their target is the PC market, in an endeavour to convince people to buy a standardly specced seemingly normal winpc, but a little bit more pricey, and an intreiging extra. The hope is that this will make people curious - they will toy around with the emulator, and then...
I can remember recently someone posting that if only we could get Windows users experiencing RISC OS via emulation for free on their own systems, it would lead them in, without requiring that they buy another very pricey system. I reckon this is the closest we're gonna get to that scenario, and I applaud it.
Plus, apparently there is a guy now working on Linux support for the Alpha. "If he come up with the goods and it's good, then there will be [official Linux support.] If he comes up with it and it's not good, then no" - wouldn't that be another good thing about this machine?
It's all very well catering to our own community, but as the MD guy said today about the RISC OS community, "we have to expand. We will expand." And if this happens via PC users buying this laptop, then thats great IMO.