Yes benchmarks are not the whole story. They can be synically manipulated.
There are many people in the RISC OS world that would do this, but NOT Stuart. I have known Stuart for years since I bouglt my Simtec Special A5000 from him in the early 90's. I have phoned him for advice over the years nd he has always been forthcoming with FREE advice.
I really find this "chinese whispers" about his integrity rather unpleasant.
We (the programmers in Armbase, well we have another company but I wont mention it here) had considered writing some applications for VRPC once the windows and Palm apps are finished. But why should we if all we are going to get would be Oh YOU develop for windows etc and get our good name muddied.
Let me state for the record. "Stuart Tyrrell is one of the most honest people I have ever dealt with in business and personally". If he states the benchmarks, I believe him more than most.
Unless you know better, have better benchmarks, can quote some yourself, know his are false; then give us all a break.
Perhaps you are one of these "it has to be on ARM" brigade" and you dont like the thought of the OS (AND IT IS AN OS) running on wintel because Gates gets money. That is like me not dealling with a company because I dont like them even if I believe it is the best option. This would be plain stupid.
Let me tell you about the "wonderfull" ARM RISC OS hardware developers. We asked one of them about the possibility of developing a Hardware solution for US based on RISC OS.
They said "dont bother" "RISC OS is not good anymore compared to other operating systems freely available".
Guess what wed have a x86 based system that runs "server side"I could not care less if our windows apps run on intel or even ARM. If they run faultlessly and quickly then that is OK.