"Perhas people should try think of it another way: would Windows NT (and derivatives) or Mac OS X have been as stable and secure without PMT?"
This is not as much of an issue on RISC OS. For most users RISC OS appears very stable. This is probably due in part to us users weeding out apps that crash and take the system with it. It probably also due to programmers realising this and taking steps to make their apps more reliable. Either way, I can't remember my last crash on RISC OS.
As for security, well, again this isn't a big issue for RISC OS users. You could argue that this is because security on RISC OS is pants, and you'd be right. RISC OS machines are rarely put in setuations where security is a concern exactly because of this.
If RISC OS was a player in the OS market then it would have to bite the bullet and add things such as PMT, better memory protection, real multi-user support, more security. But, it's not. tbh I'm still a little surprised that we got 32bit.
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