why are "skins" a bad thing ? If you don't like them don't use them, simple. But to deny it to others because of your own personal preferences is definitely a bad thing. If we want RISC OS to expand then we have to accommodate users choice in order to compete with the look and feel of XP. People spend £50 on a pair of jeans instead of £5 and the only difference is a label. Personally I think the likes of Castle would love to have people like that spending money on computers if all they need to do is add a "label/skin" to a few applications. It's money for nothing.
Mavhc, most people haven't a ......... clue about computers nor where jeans are made ! but collectively they spend far more money than a handful of enthusiasts or people who learn about their computers. There are also a number of people who have the ability to learn but choose not to and wish to use their computer as a tool. Microsoft understand this and they get away with bug ridden code and awkward ways of working because they pamper to the feel good factor. The RISC OS market can do both, pamper and do it right. In doing so we all benefit.