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The long wait is in part due to the small size of the market. Faster development requires more resources up front. Unfortunately many of the people with appropriate skills are not able to commit the time required. Most companies aren't willing to expose themselves to the risk of paying for the development up front.

It also appears that despite what Acorn were saying about RISC OS being highly portable back in the 1990's, it was far from it. RISC OS was tied very closely to hardware and now we are paying for the way the OS was put together. To make RISC OS more portable a lot of hard work is has been done to abstract the OS / Hardware interfaces. The end user doesn't see this and the real benefit will only be seen by hardware developers.

ROL have been working to streamline the underlying components of RISC OS with RISC OS 6. This is progressing but again slowly due to limited resources. Once it is available for the A9home I am sure people will be feeling a lot more positive.

Having said that I believe an official statement on the A9home website wouldn't go a miss. RISC OS companies are terrible communicators!

If you look at the Amiga saga you'll see that things aren't so bad is RISC OS land.

 is a RISC OS Userstevek on 4/10/07 9:23AM
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