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If there was any prospect of making money out of RISC OS licensing I might be able to understand the motivation for such underhanded and deceitful claims, given the conduct of other players in the wider industry. But there isn't,there is no remaining commercial interest in RO before this nonsense, and it would be absolute commercial suicide for it to ever be contemplated in future.

Meanwhile ROL are desperately scraping the bottom of the barrel offering the OS to owners of ancient 3.6 & 3.7 machines and freeware emulators for next to nothing, and ROOL are opening the sources and offering them for absolutely nothing. The only use of the OS is by a small number of enthusiasts, and to be honest, mainly due to familiarity and resistance to change rather than any real advantages over alternatives.

So what is the point of making such claims which could never be anything other than divisive and highly damaging? Did Aaron decide to start a swinging dick competition just of the hell of it? Or did he see some healthly competition in the forum of freeware emulators and ROOLs open source code threatening his nice cosy Virtual Acorn franchise?

That would be the end to sitting back and raking in money from a very over priced product, especially now the real cost of the RO4 ROM images has been revealed, and can't be used as an excuse. New emulation techniques will rapidly outclass the VRPC code which has very little development since it came from Red Squirrel over 6 years ago. Importantly other emulators cater for the growing number of Linux users, which Aaron has always point blank refused to sell to, despite VRPC creator Adrain producing a Linux version many years ago.

If that's so, some investment in improving his product and market coverage would be the sensible option, rather than crassly announcing to the world that he now owns all of RISC OS, black is white, and we need his permission to do anything. Carry on like that, and soon no one will be disputing these claims, because there will be no one left to listen.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 17/12/08 3:15PM
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