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I must admit I don't see how moving to small form factor devices is going to necessarily "fix" the issue. The issue that afflics RISC OS is one that affects *all* platforms other than Windows. Many of the things we *can't* do are either down to lack of information on (or sufficient money to license) proprietary technology and/or lack of developer time (or just plain insuffient numbers of developers) to port these technologies.

This issue will loom large for other platforms too (e.g., Linux and to a lesser extent MacOS) and will probably be the major reason for most users sticking with Windows rather than moving to Linux/MacOS. Not being able to do things - or even having to wait years for a reasonable faximile of a Windows app on open source will put most people off. And if RO were to depend on Linux sourced GPL equivalents of common apps to port over then we'd be waiting longer still.

Anyway ROL proposed a portable device version of RISC OS (RON) and as nothing came of that I'd suggest it would be hardly likely to happen now (I can't see Castle plumping for it and Ad6 probably have their hands full with the A9).

Timephoenix wrote>"IMO the only hope for RISC OS on the desktop is an open-source, non-profit model, powered by individuals that realise there's no profit to be made, but actually care about keeping the platform alive."

Trouble is to have even a remote hope to port technology that people want *will* cost money - unless these enthusiasts are rich we're not going to go anywhere (hey keep buying lottery tickets guys!!!). Acorn, AFAIK, paid half a million for their Java license (and that in 1990's money). So in reality making profit (or at least having the userbase cover the cost) would be necessary.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 6/1/08 12:00PM
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