I agree that it now looks as if the future is Open RISC OS 5, since in future it is likely to develop more quickly and keep up with advances in hardware more effectively that the RO6 stream, simply because there is more effort available for development. I would expect open RO5 to catch up with and overtake RO6 before too long for that reason. Getting it running on all current platforms is therefore an important part of re-unifying the OS. If RO5 is delevoped as we hope, and available on all current platforms then it will become the preferred option.
Personally I own both RO5 and RO4.39, and unlike some find no advantage in the ROL stream, since I never use Paint (or any other graphics program - I can't draw)or Edit (I prefer Zap) and 4.39 can't run Fireworkz 32 which I use on the Iyonix. Both versions are equally good for photo processing (which is really a function of the aplications anyway). I don't use or need the multi-user facility. So I have a slight preference for the RO5 stream, but it is only slight. The real advantage is the likely development of this through ROOL in the future.
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