RISC OS generally is stable and reliable. I don't believe I claimed it was perfect, as you seem to be inferring.
"I see your crystal ball is on form. How of course you know that they'll never be a Linux or MacOS version of VRPC, or any future emulator, is anybody's guess." Can't you read? I believe I said "as it stands now". Meaning, of course, that at the moment, VirtualRPC requires Windoze to run. If it was on a minimal Linux installation, that would be better. But whatever OS it runs on, it still requires another OS, which is not really ideal... plus of course, it's running on x86 hardware for which it was not designed.
"Why duplicate effort when somebody's already gone to the trouble, and it's likely to be better than anything an independant author could produce?" Platform preference perhaps? Why buy a Mac, when the same software is available on Windoze? Personally, I'd rather be able to do things in one OS rather than switching between two or more. Therefore, if I chose RISC OS, I would prefer things to be done natively.
"I imagine less than the number of people who have left the RISC OS scene outright because of the complete lack of decent applications to do these things natively." ...he says, completely ignoring the forthcoming Firefox for RISC OS and the other goodies Peter's porting project could yield. Encouraging users to move to emulation is hardly helping plug these holes, but decreasing incentive for programmers and businesses to embark on ports and original Internet software.
"Apart from MacOS, and to a certain extent, the BBC Micro, of course. (Both systems used emulation while migrating to superior hardware.)" I look forward to the superior hardware that VRPC and/or RISCOS Ltd have in the pipeline, in that case. If they are not doing this, then I fail to say how your argument is relevant.
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