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That is correct. When we first met with Psion they were very enthusiastic. However we hit the same problem as the Linux developers encountered when they were trying to do a Linux port, in that the NetBook had a custome designed interface chip which had been designed for Psion by a third party. We never managed to get technical specs for that chip, as the company concerned wouldn't release the specs. Psion then announced that they were moving onto the NetBook Pro which was to use a new chip set and was to use Win CE instead of EPOC. By then the investor who had funded initial development of Ron pulled out. Psion themselves hit problems and changes of ownership meant that Psion Teklogix as it became known, no longer wanted to help support a different OS. They did offer to sell us all the remaining stock of the NetBook, but as we didn't have the resources to try and reverse engineer the chip, the project was dropped.

The point is that RISCOS Ltd itself was not set up to try and replace Acorn. Its business plan was to help the existing Software and Hardware Developers continue their businesses by offering a continued availability of RISC OS development, not to offer products that would compete with them.

RISCOS Ltd has continued to do that over the past 10 years, and has put far more into the development of new features and bug fixes for RISC OS than ROOL has. The splitting up of Kernel into separate modules is a case in point as it makes the support of new hardware far easier with RISC OS 6, than using RISC OS 5.

The point is that it is not up to RISCOS Ltd to release new computers using RISC OS 6. It is up to our licensees to do that. We already have in place several RISC OS Licencee Agreements, (including one with Castle) and I refer you to the FAQ and Press Release put out by Castle in July 2003, which confirmed that RISCOS Ltd was the company to contact if anyone wanted to licence RISC OS for desktop computers. Our rates are very reasonable, though of course subject to individual negotiation, based on quantity volumes.

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