"I can understand that, but you do see how that might give some people a bad case of jitters. The phrase ''get RISC OS applications running on another system using a compatibility layer'' - how does that help RISC OS ? Does it simply give another OS the ability to run RISC OS programs (in a fashion) and further weaken RISC OS ?"
I was saying that it *wouldn't* appeal to me to do that, and that's the most interesting project I could conceive of doing! The best you could hope for is that the applications would run as they did on RISC OS, and that isn't interesting to me.
"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."
Right, but even Castle don't have that much control over the underlying hardware platform. Once Acorn spun ARM off into a separate entity, it never had all that much control over the available hardware.
"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."
I think it's only an illusion of influence within the small pond. Although it seems counterintuitive, you have a much better chance to influence others in the Linux or BSD communities, mostly because you don't have to negotiate with a single Acorn-style vendor to get what you want. Whether you ultimately influence other users is up to you, but you can at least get your hands dirty and write code if you can't persuade people to adopt your vision. If you look carefully, you can see former RISC OS users getting involved in open source projects.
"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!)."
Then we might as well all give up now. The thing is: I can't see RISC OS getting as popular as Linux now is in the wider world, even on desktop machines. I think Linux is going to be around for a while.