Andrew Flegg>It all depends on what your specific needs and wishes are. If you a keen fan of Windows (or Linux) then having RO features on these might well be all you need.
Andrew Flegg wrote>"RISC OS is an OS. It's a tool. It's not some idol to be placed on a pedestal and worshipped."
Yes but then neither are Linux or Windows.
So why should we welcome porting RO to either of those ?
Andrew Flegg wrote>"If these can be ported to another system, with more stability; better hardware compatibility and greater room for growth, why should I care? "
Well I am not sure that that would happen or if it did that any of the above would be true. Yes Linux is more stable than Windows (and RO), but I am not sure it offers greater hardware compatibility (Windows tends to do this - as much of the newer hardware technology is "closed" and not always available in any reasonable timeframe on Linux). Given that I am not particularly keen on going down the windows route that would leave me stymied.
What I am driving at is the notion that it is preferable to have the maximum possible control of the platform and OS we operate on. If we simply port bits of RO to Linux (or windows) we hand the responsibility for the OS to others who may not have the interests of RO users at heart.
The radical thing that needs to happen is that RISC OS users should get behind *their* platform, support its hardware manufacturers and stick with it. In our small little pond we have some influence - the same can't be said in the much larger Linux (or Windows) pool.
My own opinion is if I couldn't use RISC OS on native hardware, I'd move completely over to Windows and leave RO behind. This is *not* an indorsement of Windows but rather a recognition that MS has (IMHO) and will in future target Linux and will ultimately defeat it. I don't want to move from one OS failure immediately to another that will be killed at some future date - it makes more sense to admit defeat in that circumstance and opt (much as I would hate to do this) for the envitable winner, Windows (you can't even imagine how much I galls me to say that!).