Sawadee: "My RiscPC 600 ('94) with RO4 should be realistcally compared to Windows '98 or even less."
It quite possibly should, but then RO4 is pretty much the functional cutting-edge of RISC OS technology. Even with faster hardware, you're effectively saying that the best of RISC OS is comparable to a six year old operating system running on hardware with six year old "mainstream performance". For people looking to buy new kit today, that isn't a great advert, is it? People aren't forced to travel back in time to buy computers, are they?
mrtd: "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."
Well, you can write kernel modules under Linux, which is a fairly similar thing, but then you'd only want to if you were writing device drivers or filesystems. That's another thing which makes RISC OS software development somewhat laughable: imagine insisting that a Linux application required a handful of kernel modules to be installed before doing run-of-the-mill GUI stuff.