The question was about ownership. Do you own an A9? No. Did you pay for an A9? No. I seem to recall that A6 provided an A9 for use during the Google summer of code sessions so that non RISC OS users could test code over VNC.
Moving on, I very pleased to see you acknowledge that a virtual machine (in this case RPCEmu) counts the same as a real machine - I've made a note of this for future reference.
""Some of which might be true - but all of it totally irrelevant." Err, so the true bad things aren't bad?"
They are neither good or bad - but irrelevant. If a user isn't going to purchase product X, does it matter that product X is expensive? No.
""Hardware - there is plenty of hardware for sale on eBay and the market dictates the prices." So you're recommending new users should buy non-warranted hardware?"
The discussion related to price. On eBay the price is determined by the market. If a user wants older hardware with a guarantee then both CJE and APDL offer that service.
""Confusion - out in the real world there is no confusion, because casual users just aren't interested." Interested? No. Concerned? They should be."
Of course they shouldn't. Does the fact that you think there is (or attempt to create) confusion matter to someone buying a RISC PC with RISC OS 4 on eBay? No.
Does it matter to someone buying an A9? No.
"Except that new potential customers won't have these facts for which there is no evidence." That's a fascinatng phrase - "facts for which there is no evidence" - hardly "facts" then. Opinions perhaps, but not "facts". However it's still totally irrelevant.
"Cough." - yes indeed - an embarressed cough instead of a plain answer speaks volumes.
Some of which might be true - but all of it totally irrelevant.
Hardware - there is plenty of hardware for sale on eBay and the market dictates the prices. Anyway you don't need the ARM hardware to run RISC OS.
Expensive applications - yes there are some expensive applications. These are generally purchased by dedicated RISC OS enthusiasts who know that a small market will cause higher prices. They appreciate the one to one contact that you get with that price. Just look at the level of service people like Martin Wuerthner provide.
No browser - I agree, but people don't use RISC OS in issolation much these days - they generally have another machine such as a PC or Mac. Whilst it would be great for RISC OS to have an up to date browser it's not a deal breaker.
Confusion - out in the real world there is no confusion, because casual users just aren't interested. Does any "confusion" stop people buying machines on eBay? Of course not. I should also point out that in reality there is no confusion anyway - some people who don't have access to the facts like to try and pretend that there is.
But here is another question. Given that you don't use RISC OS or know a great deal about it (by your own admission) why are you so quick to slag off those that do use it and do know about it? Especially where those people earn a living from RISC OS. To be honest I can't see why you are here at all.