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This is mostly aimed at AMS, but partly also at jonix.

The inherent problems of one specific processor architecture are irrelevant for this discussion. If you don't like x86, choose something else. The very elegant IA64 springs to mind, or if you don't like Intel (you are not using an Iyonix, are you?) you could go for a PowerPC system. Even without Apple, there are still a few manufacturers left.

As for ARM processors running RISC OS quicker: I think that is largely irrelevant, as long as it runs fast enough so that the user does not notice any delays. And many parts of RISC OS are already written in C/C++, so these parts could be recompiled to run natively on any processor. There would also be the option of utilising a cheap PCIe card with an ARM for acceleration of the emulation part of the "Linux-HAL". As for stability: Do you really think it helps RISC OS' stability, that parts of it have to be re-written every time you want to support a new piece of hardware (like a sound card or a network card). And we already have no control over our hardware, since ARM won't listen to us and we don't have the resources to make our own chipsets anymore.

I agree with AMS on the point that RISC OS is more than a GUI. That is why I would like to see it developed further and made independant of the ARM architecture.

In my experience most Linux users are open-minded and have actually tried several different OS in the past. Most of them stayed with Linux because it supports their choice of hardware and fulfills their needs. Most of them are also very aware of its shortcomings. Of course they get a bit defensive when people criticize their OS, we all do. That comes natural because of the constant attacks we all got so much over the years from the Windows trolls. However as soon as you mention that you are using an alternative platform, they generally get a lot more sympathetic.

I also think that the price of RISC OS (last time I checked it was somewhere around 65 GBP) could be brought down considerably, if it did not involve hardware-production and shipping costs.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 09/04/06 10:18AM
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