Yes, I agree, most of those thigs are not possible on Iyonix either, but some are very Windoes specific things that have equivalents on RISC OS, a bit like saying I can't write relocatable modules under Windows.
Programming, in C++ is something I do, but for serious work you need GCC. And PERL is available.
I suppose it depends on what you want to use your machine for. My main uses, email, web browsing, publishing a monthly magazine and digital photography, collating weather statistics and managing my personal finances are all things that work well on RISC OS, and I prefer to use it rather than Windows, since I'm sure it saves me time as well as being a more pleasant experience.
DVD reading and playing (don't know about writing) software is of course in the pipeline, and the range of compatible USB devices is improving all the time.
The problem with my PC at work is that it is managed by the IT department who do not allow anything to be installed uless approved and supplied by them. I chance of getting VRPC approved by the IT commisars in Paris is approximately zero. Even worse, they have a standard configuration of Lotus Notes that is deployed company-wide, that is the most horrible email client I have ever come across. Like having basic features only, no threading for instance, defaulting to top posting on replies and displaying the latest email at the top of the page rather than the bottom with the facility to change this diabled. Drives me mad.
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