To add an (arguably) more constructive comment, Simon's comment about native hardware not deserving to be made available if there are better altervatives, surely the same can be said for the OS? Namely, what windows emulation gives RISC OS users is an exposure to Windows. If we are losing users this way surely it can only be because they find the Windows alternative to be 'better'.
I hope it's not that simple. We should bear in mind that emulating RISC OS penalises the OS in that one of the big things about RISC OS for me is the bootup time, getting me up and running while I still have the idea that caused me to turn the computer on in the first place in my head. An emulated RISC OS is always going to be slower to boot than the same machine running Windows almost by definition, even if Windows is getting much speedier to boot up these days.
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Prototype affordable Braille display in development A low-cost computer-controlled Braille board has been prototyped by a RISC OS-using university student. Undergraduate Edward Rogers hopes to sell his completed units for as little as 200 quid each to schools and families to allow more blind children to continue learning Braille. And he said he wanted to launch his venture using RISC OS-powered kit before offering a package for other platforms. 10 comments, latest by epokh on 27/6/09 12:49PM. Published: 22 Nov 2008