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A modern webbrowser is quite a complex piece of software. It's not just about supporting webstandards like CSS or Javascript, but also letting it work with poorly designed, MSIE aimed websites among many other issues. Especially on a platform such as RO it requires a lot of work. I believe NetSurf is the best we can hope for in a market barely able to sustain itself commercially, as NetSurf need not be financially viable or commercially rewarding. Also by nature, it can utilise certain other open source 'tools' which simply cannot be used by a commercial closed source browser such as Oregano 3, aiding considerably in its development.

Oregano 3 will probably not be released for similar reasons as to why CinoDVD is 'on hold'. Marketsize and viability; like the price of a standalone DVD player, it is slightly more expensive than free to install Linux on an old PC and run Firefox on it. So why would any commercial developer take a risk by putting a relatively expensive product on a tiny market, when that same product is arguably better and free on just about any other platform?

A Media Player is almost the same as the browser - it is an essential on any modern computer. Again, a media player is a lot of work, especially when dealing with RO / ARM machines. Let's just keep our fingers crossed for Cineroma, but as long as the author intends to keep it a personal spare-time project and only release it at decent quality (perhaps v1.0), it can take from several months to years.

RO users need to come to terms that our small little platform can no longer be fairly compared to the likes of modern PC's (Windows / Linux / etc.) and Macs, especially what can technically be expected from ARM based RO machines. The exception being ofcourse its GUI, which remains outstanding and an inspiration to others. When Linux picks our GUI up, and ROX is rapidly gaining popularity, I believe that's about it - the ARM / RO machine may gracefully take its place next to the Amiga, Atari, NeXT, etc. machines in the museum. Open sourcing the OS in whole, or in part, may hopefully be what it takes for it to survive. In the meantime, try to appreciate what we already have accomplished, which is quite amazing really, when you consider the amount of resources we've had at our disposal - I believe it's been almost entirely due to a distinct love for the platform and its community.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 28/08/06 6:44PM
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