I too would like to add my best wishes for the recovery of the netbook. Now, as this forum seems to have wandered way off subject - I'll add my thoughts to the current debate. Personaly my main interest in RISC OS is one of usability, so long as what is 'under the hood' does it's stuff in such a way as it doesn't bother me then that's fine with me. RISC OS is an amazing system in this regard.
I use a RiscPC running ROS 4 without Select. I'm now starting to consider some form of upgrade. The added user-side features of Select look highly attractive to me, it may seem strange to some of the more technicaly minded readers but Select seems to offer me the chance to do what I want in a simply and in a more attractive work environment, two things I greatly value.
That said I would like better hardware, the Iyonix looks ideal, yet there seems no way to get Select on the Iyonix - for the price they are asking (a lot on my limited budget) I want those bells and whistles. So at present Castle seem to be loosing out on my money.
VRPC is great in theory - get any of those fast, widely supported machines (yes I know ARM is better but I'm a user *not* a hardware enthusiast). Add all the ease of use and attractive GUI of RISC OS with the option of Select. Downside is that it relys on Windows with all the associated problems existing 'under the hood'. If my experience of enforced use of Windows 95,98,2k,ME *and* XP is anything to go by then this is not a good thing. I might endure this, yet it is far from ideal.
The two products that I would consider buying are:
- Select on Iyonix, Ok so many people consider that this will never happen. Well then the RISC OS scene is missing out.
- VRPC on a limited Linux based distro containing WINE designed to simply run RISC OS Essentialy this would allow users to operate RISC OS on what is now standard hardware *without* relying on Windows which in my opinion would be certainly a good thing.