I'm talking ideal world here, not reality - given the current climate of the RISC OS world, I can think of no better OS maintainer than Castle/Tematic. They seem to go out of their way to help developers (look at the documentation available on their website) whereas RISC OS Ltd seem to simply close everything off (lack of publically availble APIs, nonsense regarding locking out the 32bit SharedCLibrary from Select.)
In reality, the only future I see with RISC OS Ltd is peddling their wares for emulation. As much as I dislike the principle of this, there is a real hole in the market with respect to laptops that it nicely fills. Given time, this need will hopefully vanish and a native laptop will be available - an excellent opportunity for a second hardware company that wouldn't be competing with Castle but simply complementing their offerings.
Geeks celebrate RISC OS time epoch Clock-watching nerds rejoiced this week as all modern ROS machines reached a mildly baffling milestone. The OS keeps track of the current time by storing it as the number of one hundredths of a second elapsed since midnight January 1, 1900 - and this figure ticked over to 0x5000000000 in the early hours of Tuesday, provoking excitement among some. 8 comments, latest by druck on 24/11/08 9:02AM. Published: 20 Nov 2008