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flypig said "but it seems strange to say that it's up to ROL to convice us"

Well they *do*. I am not one to simply chuck money at someone for something that may (or may not) become available. I am simply applying my own viability criteria to ROL. If I pay will they deliver? Given the frequent "changes" of ROL's stated position about Select on Iyonix this has caused uncertainty - and that in a large part may be causing part of the problem they see in getting a sufficient number of Iyonix subscribers to make it worth their while. Several people *have* paid under the understanding that ROL *would* port to Iyonix - yet ROL haven't.

The other thing is that ROL had *no* problem producing versions for Omega (a now dead platform with a limited number of users) and for use on PC emulators. Where was the finely honed cost benefit analysis in that - surely the Omega one was a big mistake (I'd argue the second one was too - but for different reasons)

What makes 100 commitments a major milestone anyway? What happens if fewer than 100 A9s sell will ROL just say "oops sorry guys there aren't enough purchasers to ensure that it is worth our while completing the OS....". This sort of uncertainty damages their chances surely.

It's ROL that have set (and changed) the criteria for Iyonix Select so it is *they* that have to do the convincing. As of now I for one (and I suspect others too) would want to *see* a working Iyonix Select before making any sort of commitment. I can happily sit on RO5.XX forever - if ROL want me to move to Select then *they* better start walking the walk and talking the talk.

flypig said "The whole point of a pledge like this, then, is surely to prove publicly to ROL that there is enough interest?". Why should we ? Did Omega users? Did A9Home users? Did VARPC users? Business involves risk, ROL took that risk on three previous occasions - so why is it such a problem this one more time?

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 9/10/05 8:53PM
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