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Given the current Worm problem striking Windows - the operating system Virtual Acorn/VARPC uses- the timing of this announcement probably could have been better - IMHO.

But be that as it may, yes VA/VARPC is an impressive piece of software. I'll hold up my hands and say I (did) buy a copy of VA5000 (but not until after an RO4 purchase), and both done at a time when Imago vs Omega was going on and it was not clear how the hardware front would resolve itself. I also had to use a PC to work on files from work - so I felt if I was being railroaded into buying a Windows license I might as well have some RISC OS stuff run on it too).

Now that RISC OS *has* viable alternatives available in the form of a mature platform in the form of Iyonix which is now my preferred platform (or the soon to arrive A9) I would find it more difficult to make the same justification - especially considering that the 98SE that is on that *old* PC would need to be upgraded to Windows XP just in order to run VARPC - and let's face it I don't want to pay Bill Gates any more money to run RISC OS - thank you very much ;)

The real question is the VARPC success at the expense of killing the RISC OS hardware platform and tying our future use to that of Windows - and that only time will tell

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 19/8/05 6:59PM
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