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Just to throw my oar in once more... (Continuing with the assumption that legal ramblings are between CTL/ROL)...Why must such a squabble (thanks for the spelling - mental block before :-) signal the end for VA? Perhaps CTL are simple tired of seeing ROL making so much money off it (via licensing), and simply wish to get the slice of pie for themselves - the market for VA only overlaps the Iyonix in a few areas - even better for them, take it all over and ship VA with Iyonixes - so people can use it on their laptops and desktops. Frankly I have no issues with paying dues to M$ if I can run VA on the same laptop, as much as I dislike it for most purposes, Windows is usable for some tasks, and pretty darn ideal for playing games.

On the subject of looking back on the Acorn days, granted they made mistakes (including closing the workstation divsion - damn you boland!) , but companies do - look how many mistakes MS has made, and how much it's cost them in the courts. Current RISC OS marketplace heads can't hope to reach the dizzy heights of Acorn without taking the chance - and no, that wasn't sarcasm - Acorn did hit the highs, the name is still recognised today (and certainly not always connected with failure) - even Microsoft still can't claim to totally dominate the Education market the way Acorn did in it's heyday. At the current state of market growth, can we expect the RO marketplace to any better this time? Acorn's market may have fallen towards the end - but at least it rose in the beginning, currently I can't help but feel the market is continually falling in numbers (same people, just getting new machines)

One matter of technical interest which some folks might be able to answer for me... With regard to running RISC OS on PCs (not necessarily Windows), aside from the work involved, are there any insumountable technical problems to prevent the porting of RISC OS to x86 processors? If not, why not do so? Take a standardised pc setup (to avoid driver/device problems) and sell as a RISC OS machine - just another thought.

I await future developments in this interesting saga with baited breathe :-)

Ryan

 is a RISC OS Userdrjones69 on 15/6/04 8:06PM
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