If it is the same as on RiscPCs, then it means Castle manufacture the computers under license, not that they license someone else to do it. I would guess that it refers to RISC OS and certain bits of custom hardware from Pace and/or Intel. Simple and logical.
As for prices, of course one manufacturer can charge what they want, but only to the extent that if they went silly, people would just buy PCs. Castle are not that stupid. Sure, Iyonix is expensive, but it could have been £2000, if Castle had wanted.
Acorn were ahead of the game for quite some time. The problem was poor managament. Castle seem to have very good managent.
As for the good of the whole market... well, if I was thinking of ditching a PC and getting an alternative, seeing a computer manufacturer that announces a product two years before it is out (and still counting), a shoddy Web site and total lack of professionalism, I would not be overwhelmed with enthusiasm.
On the other hand, if I witnessed a machine announced, a Web site with online shopping and that machine appeared precisely when they said it would, then I would be much more impressed.
For the record, I've not bought either so have no money-based allegiances.
Michael Stubbs, Leeds