Stoppers wrote>"Any alternative system for running RISC OS (or RISC OS-like) programs would be capable of moving back to any ARM processors that become available in the future (I don't think anyone is recommending swapping a reliance on ARM for a reliance on x86). "
Sorry to say but that's one pig that just won't fly . I can't but admire the sentiment behind that thought - but the reality is *what* RISC OS hardware manufacturer is going to risk their financial future when the user base is busily moving the x86/x64 and Linux ?
I note Apple apparently are to produce software to allow Windows XP to run on their Intel x86 based machines (can't help but smile at that thought, considering they probably went to great lengths to ensure you *couldn't* run MacOS X x86 binaries on a normal Intel Windows XP PC already...).
I digress, the point is that some people here seem to think that Linux (or things based on Linux) do the following (a). Promote world peace (b). Solve family problems (c). Are better at running RISC OS than native ARM processors. Guys Linux has lots of things going for it - but it is *JUST ANOTHER OPERATING SYSTEM*, just like RISC OS is, just like BSD Unixes (or unixes more generally) or Windows or Next Step or whatever.
Every problem does not get resolved by running Linux - the thing is that *I WANT* RISC OS running on ARM hardware full stop. I *have* a linux box and a windows box I simply *don't need* or *want* one of them parroting my Iyonix (my Iyonix does Iyonix better anyway). If a faster ARM based machine arrived I'd be queuing up for it - I just can't find the same enthusiam (i.e., I could not be bothered) to try getting RISC OS running over some sort of Linux core on x86.