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I am feeling very maudlin about RISC OS thsi new year.

Castle have always stated that there wouldn't be another Iyonix until there is a processor that is atleast 3x faster than the current XScale, and that hasn't yet happened. Even if it does, the machine will still only be a performance increment over the existing machine, and vastly slower compared to x86 based hardware, and not much of an advantage over emulations running on such machines.

It still wouldn't solve the problems of gaping holes in the software line up, and its unlikely to trigger a boost in software development that previous generations of machines have. There are bound to be fewer sales than of the first Iyonix, as many people have left in the last 5 years.

I personally will continue to use RISC OS for most tasks, as although there might be better software out there for other platforms, my experiance means I can get better results our top software such as Artworks, Photodesk and Ovation Pro, than peope using so called industry leading packages. But there will come a point when I get my next camera that Photodesk will just be too slow for the increased resultion (I can just live with 7.1Mpix).

However, I find myself doing less and less creative work including programming, and am seeking more enterainment and information gathering which requires use of the internet. Netsurf is great, but with the abandoment of FireFox and lack of Flash, I'm having to consider getting something else to fulfill this task. Currently I'm looking at an eeePC which is just FireFox with a screen and keyboard. If I went for a full laptop (probably a MacBook) I'm afraid using RISC OS would become less compelling.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/1/08 1:54PM
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