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ksattic: I believe you've answered your own question regarding the business sense involved here: ROL clearly disagree that the Iyonix will sell more copies of Select for the A9 than they will for the Iyonix. They also make it clear that their order of priority is: A9, Select 4, possibly Iyonix.

To work out why they think that, it's pretty easy to do the maths. Make the assumption (just for a moment) that each Adjust-32 license is the same price as a regular copy of Adjust-32.

Every A9 machine ('Home' or otherwise) will have a copy of Adjust-32 with it. Iyonix users are certainly not a guaranteed market; many say they're already happy with 5.0X so take-up may not be great.

ROL are asking for 100 pledges for the Iyonix before they would consider progress - ie 100 more customers than they have now. If Ad6 were to sell only 100 machines, they would no doubt be extremely disappointed. Therefore, ROL are likely to sell more A9 licenses in the first couple of months of A9 production than ROL would expect to sell Iyonix copies, even if the 100 pledges target is made. That's not including not having to worry about major compatibility issues like 'how do you load Select onto an Iyonix when you don't have PCI support in Select'? OK - now I'm happy for you to make the license cost calculation less for a bulk purchase - if you halve it, you're guessing that Ad6 would sell 200 machines in total. I think you can see why ROL are making the assumption that they are. Of course, a die-hard Select owner then has an easy choice in any case - Iyonix with 5.0x, or A9 with Adjust.

As for the RISC PC - code will be 26/32 neutral, so the same code will apply easily to both machines; given the injection of life into the market the A9 would bring, I guess the priority will be making sure that Adjust-32 will meet the hardware requirements of the A9 before releasing general OS changes in Select 4 as features for both A9 and RISC PC users (given the common codebase).

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 3/8/05 12:17AM
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