hzn wrote>"Well, I dare say that I'd be indeed very surprised if any other company starts with native hardware based on ROL's RO6 considering the track record for A9home "
Yes it's unlikely with ROL's offering but let's not forget ROOL/Castle's RO5.xx - so long as ROL don't succeed in "tying up" a sufficient number of developers to "closed" contracts then the option of porting the more open RO5.xx model to other hardware will be available.
and jc wrote>"It was necessary for ROL to be inclusive (old hardware & virtual) and a pity Castle/Iyonix haven't made it easy for their product to be included too."
The sad reality appears to be that ROL *can't* actually build an OS for any platform that *isn't* simply a RISC PC or something emulated to look like a RISC PC. It appears that even with sufficient technical information (a comprehensive published TRM, a CD full of datasheets, a swodge of RO5 source and a site full of API details) that ROL can't seem to deliver an Iyonix Select port. Even with a business partner (Ad6) that is committed to help ROL there seems to be issues getting RO finished for A9Home. As it's not just a Castle/Iyonix issue the problem must lie elsewhere (nice try JC - but no cigar )
The path of least resistance open to ROL would be a purely emulated one (at the moment the most viable option being VA on Windows - and I don't see that changing anytime soon - I'd view a Linux port a *long* way off).
So *if* Paul is saying emulation is the way to go - yes for a purely software oriented company with little low level hardware programming capacity emulation may be the only route. So long as the emulator vendor can present a platform that *looks* to RO like a RiscPC then ROL will be able to use (without worrying about the low level hardware niceities
Is this a good thing for the platform?, probably not. Any loss of hardware diversity and capacity to support it is, I would argue a bad thing. But at least the ROOL option offers an alternative.