In reply to AMS:
"Bully for you. But the point is if you want to run VARPC-SE you'd be buying WindowsXP as well."
Ahhh so it is an anti-MS and not pro RISC OS reason. Is that the point? So OK I should not buy VARPC-SE since it runs on MS and therefore not buy datapower? Is that the point you make? I'm Confused??
I Used Mac's in research for years BUT have to have windows. This is because Amira www.tgs.com runs on win as does Neurolucida and metamorph and lasersharp2000 and imagePro+ as does just about all the software I use for work.
"VARPC is an emulation, it is a sophisticated package but it is still only an approximation of how a real RiscPC will perform."
And in Many cases it outperforms an Iyonix. How?
WEll using the win interface to access my pendrive AND camera AND microscope if i wrote an app to use it AND my text database for my palmtop. OK it has its drawbacks but in many cases it will be better.
If you don't like emmulation then that is fine by me, but in some cases it is KEEPING people using and buying software. That means the software is more viable and the ARM side will have a bigger software base.
I'll give you an example of how the platform was regarded in 1995. I went into the Glasgow Acorn Dealler on Buchanan Street and was told "Yes they are a lot faster than the windows machines but you cant get a good selection of software" If that was the case in the heyday what will "new recruits" think now? Unless there is a quality software base then the hardware sales will drop. Without VARPC I dont see many software titles being commercially viable for development.
In any case, emmulation wont hurt hardware sales. The main market for something like an Iyonix or Omega should be in custom solutions. I was asked by RISC OS about one of them and I know that the market is massive. Indeed I'm off to new orleans next month to discuss with some software developers about this market. (sorry windows and SGI and Solaris only).