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hzn: If you're using it exclusively as a RISC OS box, you don't have to worry about viruses and dialers. And that whole issue would go away if VA got their finger out and did a Linux version (as well as making VARPC powered machines even cheaper.) Are you saying that the only reason PCs are faster is because they have to be? Can I take that as you saying you don't need or want the speed? If so, why buy such a 'fast' ARM-clone machine? How quickly does RO5 take to boot these days? I recently installed XP Pro on a spare hard drive on my main desktop due to some work I was doing. With that in, the machine takes around 10 seconds to finish booting completely, which isn't actually that bad. And the boot time argument's silly anyway - you shouldn't turn your computer off. :)

I was refering the the price of VARPC powered machines, including the cost of the PC and the Windows licence, and that they're still significantly cheaper than an Iyonix. Considering you can get very respectable PCs these days that the only moving part in is the hard drive for less than 500 quid, I don't see your point. Again, if you're using exclusively RISC OS and not Windows, and you're using a hardware firewall (which everybody should use, anyway, regardless of OS) then there's no problem. Not to mention that there are perfectly good freely available anti-virus tools around for Windows anyway.

I say again: CTL need to either release something that's much quicker than the Iyonix within the next 6 months or so, or slash the price of it.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 10/7/04 4:04PM
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