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What many ppl tend to forget that one of the reasons of PC's popularity (not necesarily with Windows) is the fact that the schools-IT manager usually earns some extra pocketmoney (not necesarily cash) with it. For example anybody can go to a wholesale/PC-parts distributor and order 30 or 40 PC's and re-sell them to the school. Sometimes the IT-manager has strong ties with the company that delivers those school-PC's or provides the IT-service. It's clear that in these situations RISC OS devotees are just devotees, they can't grab some penies out of it unlike in the "peeceemarket". That this situation doesn't benefit the "commununity" is usually seen when it's too late.

I predict that that Stonar will have a struggle ahead and some ppl WILL look back and start believing that they've made the wrong decision. But by then the yearly renewable Microsoft licenses, numerous pc-upgrades and suppiortfees have become such a large sum that they simply cannot go back. Not to mention that by then there's no RISC OS platform anymore.

I once had a discusion with a the new chairman of a wellknown Belgium computer club. The man hosted also the Acorn users group. He was always very impressed with the RISC OS machines and some day he decided to start a computer shop. We had spoken (because I was at that time oficial Acorn dealer) to retail Acorn systems in his shop as well. And at some point he told me: No Not now. Let me first sell some peecees then I have enough money to buy some Acorn kit (demonstration equiment etc...). I replied to him that by the time he had enough money to actually start selling Acorn kit there would be no Acorn anymore. And guess what happened... literally!!!

 is a RISC OS Userepdm3be on 9/6/04 9:41PM
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