Rob> You said " And in contrast, VRPC has bought in many sales for ROL that *WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED OTHERWISE* I wouldn't be surprised if VRPC sales outnumbered real hardware"
Glad to see you're Happy about that !) Have I mistakenly dropped into a Windows PC fan site or something ; )
To be serious for a moment financial success does not always benefit this platform (remember Acorn pulling the plug back in 1999 they made a pile of money - saved some tax for their shareholders and left their loyal customers high and dry with Pheobe cancelled and no arrangement for a clean handover to another owner). No one would call that a red letter day, a triumph for RISC OS, and neither should people view lots of VA sales as any less damaging - profitable for some YES damaging for the future of the platform arguably YES as well.
Oddly with all the invective bouncing around here it's important to remember ROL and Paul Middleton did save the platform from destruction then, hopefully he and they will realise that an accomodation for to save the platform is once again required... I am hopeful that they can rise to the challenge. The alternative is to try to defend the right to sell software that moves people over to Windows I can't believe Paul or ROL really want to do that do they ?