My Sigmarion 3 is superb for all the tasks I need when out and about; As you say softmaker gives it full DOC and Excel compatability... I have Gemini Pim's (full suite just like outlooks PIM's), The latest development is redgear which will allow me to run the latest version of opera for WM devices with no mods or hacking (and opera is supposed to fly on Sig3 - redgear also allows any other WM apps to run). I have Qmail which can handle all mail inc Gmail and yahoo secure mail. Picsel browser (which I think came from an ex-acorn based company) + lots of other usefull apps. I can get 4.5hrs out the battery on wi-fi - it runs a 400Mhz Xscale (which I can clock to 530Mhz with no issues), It has an Ati Imageon 2d chip so I can watch very high quality video on it's TFT screen.
I was just trying to make the point that there have been plenty of suitable laptop-esk HPC's with arm processors and nothing came of them even with a much bigger market than there is now (with the exception of RON but not sure how far that got before it was canned - shame as they still sell netbook pro machines now and they are very nice indeed - And I seem to remember ROL saying it was nearly working).
This is a chance for a cheap ulta-portable RISC OS machine though. Up until now when VA's responce to running on linux was there are too many diffrent versions to make it worth while. The eeePC though isn't just a std laptop - It's cheap and Asus are gearing up to produce them in the millions. So we now have an ultraprotable laptop that is cheap, will sell to millions of people and for development will mean it is a standerdised hardware and software platform for VRPC to be produced for....
I am going to buy one, so are you. If VRPC was available for it I would buy that and I am sure there are a lot of others on here who would get the asus just to run VRPC if it was available.
What's the alternative? either a cheap heavy windows or Mac laptop (I have an Ibm X21) or for somthing in the eeePC's format options are limited to a very expensive sony picturebook or one of the other rare expensive mini PC's.
I think we have an opertunity here to get a super little machine for RISC OS that could likely boot and get into the RISC OS desktop quicker than XP can boot. Is it not very very tempting....
Virtual Acorn are you eavesdropping? How about it?
Anyhow, still really impressed with the 7000 based laptop project so I'll leave the comments to get back on toppic.