It's of course a personal thing, but I think the A9home has lost much of its original appeal. Only because it is taking so long and I simply can't justify purchasing a handicapped computer. I'm sure this view is shared by others. The design is simply great, so I'm really interested in that regard. Only having USB1.1 doesn't bother me, neither does the lack of internal expansion possibilities. I suspect a lot of dialogue to take place on mailing lists, so I hope sufficient pressure is being made on RISCOS Ltd and Advantage Six to finish the OS properly. There already is one unfinished RISC OS computer in this market, which undoubtedly has played its part in discouraging users to support further developments.
For me, the (feature complete) OS is essential, since it's the way I directly communicate with and employ the computer. I'm often surprised how people focus on hardware specs, but find the OS itself of trivial concern, even though it directly relates to the productivity and experience of the computer. Probably something to do with Microsoft Windows, which is usually acquired 'free of charge' and historically one of the worst OS's ever to survive this long.
It's quite discouraging to visit the official website and find so very little information there. Is there any reason why, since it's so bafflingly unusual? How hard is it to write a nice promotional website advocating the qualities and benefits of the A9home? What about any bundled software? Stuff like a word processor and e-mail application? I believe NetSurf is already bundled, which is great since it allows one to download more software. Do Advantage Six rely on customers to buy the rest?