in reply to dgs.... apart from correctly showing RISC OS in uppercase and using uppercase for Model nomenclature, I used upper case once at the beginning of my posting "YES" and once at the end "BICKERING". Considering the length of my posting, I would hardly say I made "heavy use of upper case" or does the Iyonix not display websites correctly, and transpose lower case into upper case. If so .....
As to my observations about usage of the various versions and models, I go by what I have seen on the newsgroups, peoples signature files, to assess usage.
My point was that there are very few new purchases of any new RISC OS equipment, whether it be Iyonix or Omega, does RiscStation still exist?
The only "growth area" appears to be the emulation route. Perhaps if we were able to appreciate the plus points of the rivals ie Windows XP and how stable it has become, and not discredit it at every turn. Yes like every operating system it has flaws. However, I like many others have embraced this route. It was a steep learning curve, having acquired my first Acorn product in 1987, a BBC B, then an A5000 with RISC OS 3.0 in 1991 and since then a variety of machines from that stable, it was an amazing struggle on my part to go the Windows XP Pro/ Virtual Acorn RPC SE route, but it has been worth it and I have benefited in a multitude of ways. It has been my experience of XP that it is many things to many people, but at least it is stable, in just less than a year I have had to reinstall it once, and that was due to my wrong footing the Services within XP not due to its failure. I have been mightly impressed with it. I have to say, there are still bits of RISC OS I couldn't ever live without, its handling of re manipulation of JPEG images, in the various software packages I routinely run, is so far in advance of any program I have tried on PC, that I will be using RISC OS for the forseeable future.
I hope that RISC OS limited, hurry and produce an Adjust CD ROM to replace my RISC OS 4.02 CD ROM, I will renew as soon as it is announced! A challenge RISC OS Ltd.