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Thing is though, people are *more* willing to try alternate technologies in laptops (look at the Apple powerbooks for example, I am pretty sure some people who use them wouldn't touch a desktop mac with a bargepole and opt for a PC - yet would still use the Mac portable).

Castle now (for the first time) have a more "portable" version of RISC OS, it is *less* of a problem to get it ported onto new ARM based hardware (less so than trying to shoehorn RO4.XX on I would say).

The issue is the economics of it, and with a PC based RO laptop now out there it probably does make a native RO portable less likely - which is a real pity as PC portables have pretty short battery lives and a xScale/RO portable may be just the sort of lower power consumption solution to fit the bill.

I suspect many people would like a portable RO/ARM based machine in preference to a RO/PC based one, I'd reluctantly agree Jess the likelyhood of that (RO/ARM) portable happening is now much lessened - more's the pity.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 11/05/03 4:04PM
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