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Martin: "But the RPC is an 11 year old design!!! You wouldn't expect a PC or Mac of similar vintage to do those things either! For a machine of that age it stands up well."

You're absolutely right. Indeed, I'm still amazed at how well this old machine can keep up. For a machine of that age, I'd say it holds up astoundingly well! It's only since about the start of this year that we were getting increasingly frustrated about its shortcomings and a replacement became neccessary.

"I know we would all like a new RISC OS machine that had equivalents for all the applications available on other platforms, but in the end a small bunch of dedicated enthusiasts cannot hope to compete with the sort of big development budgets that are available for software development under Windows. It simply cannot be justified commercially."

Very true, but in the end we are only consumers in this regard, who ofcourse happen to be enthusiastic about a certain platform. So, eventually, everyone needs to ask themselves wether the amount of money which buys an Iyonix or A9home is worth the investment. Not only big companies with large development budgets can provide in the requirements I named, as the Linux movement clearly shows. Yes, I realize the size of that movement is to 'blame', just thought I'd point it out. Furthermore I'd like to say that, in my opinion, it's not only the size, or perhaps lack of money, that's the main issue which impairs the growth needed within the RO platform.

(Incidentally, I like to say something which struck me recently. I see so much mentioning of Windows, as the obvious alternative / comparing for RO users. It need not be, though I'm aware of Microsoft's market dominance as well as most other RO users.)

"The problem is that the more people who abandon RISC OS, the worse it gets. So if RISC OS is important to you, stick with it."

Let me put it this way, a solid computer is important to me and RO has always been my preferred way of using a computer. The platform is a commercial one, which is why it simply competes in that domain. If I could buy any generic PC and download RO for it, along with my favourite apps, it would dramatically alter my perception of it, though it won't remedy my problems with it as a viable platform. However, if (at least parts of) RO were to be Open Sourced under a certain license, it could provide more ways of updating and modernizing it than ROL and Castle can manage under the current situation. Anyway, the real problem, in my opinion, is that it's just dated and has more simultaneous problems than it can bear to handle within a reasonable amount of time. RISC OS is important to me, though I just can't justify to stick with it, because it's not my sick Grandma but a computer we're talking about.

"If you must have the missing functions and can't afford two machines, VRPC might be the answer, or another form of dual boot machine like an Iyonix with Linux as well as RISC OS (this is what I have)."

Well, when VirtualAcorn would see the light and port their 'alternative OS' emulator to other alternative OS's, ie. not only Windows, I'd certainly be interested. However, the truth in my case is that I'd probably just get used to Mac OS X and grow to be happy with it, although I can't be sure of that ofcourse. Perhaps RO has made such a large imprint on me, that I'd just can't kick the habit ;)

"BTW if you get rid of your TV, be prepared for constant hassle from the licencing authorities, who cannot comprehend that people can exist without a TV set. Some years ago I was in that position myself, and found it intensely annoying."

Well, in the Netherlands things might be a bit different, but I gather ultimately the same mentality / companies prevail, so I'll just make myself utterly clear in such an instance! We have already been phoned if we'd like about a thousand more channels on it, but thankfully it stayed with just that one time. Perhaps I made a good impression. Anyway, thanks for the tip! :)

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 17/05/06 2:51PM
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