As someone with many years experience writing software for industrial control applications, I would never dream of using RISC OS for Level 2 applications. It just isn't robust enough. It is unaacepable for a single rogue application to bring the whole system down, and if the system does come down to it to crash in an uncontrolled, non fail-safe way. The lack of memory protection is also an issue. So you would need to add PMT and proper memory protection, and a process priority based scheduler for starters.
Mind you, some in the industry don't like using Windows either, and consider that even Unix is unsuitable without the real time extensions, whose main benefit is to prevent a low priority process from holding out a more important one. Without such features time critical real time processes cannot be safely controlled.
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RISC OS artist wows public with digital artwork A RISC OS-using artist has described exhibiting his digitally-created work in a public gallery as a "rewarding experience". Richard Ashbery, who used ArtWorks and Photodesk to create his images, showed off patterns and colourful illustrations to punters, who told him his work made a change from the oils and watercolour masterpieces usually exhibited. 1 comment, latest by socris on 18/11/08 4:23PM. Published: 17 Nov 2008