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mrchocky: Would you not consider running the OS natively on hardware that's available off the shelf, costs much less and is many times more powerful a benefit? Plus having hundreds of millions of potential customers that don't need to buy different hardware or an emulator to run the OS seems to me a real benefit for the platform. Running the OS on an emulator in my opinion undermines the system's credibility, what other operating systems are run on an emulator? Outdated legacy operating systems for the most part. People will NOT convert (maybe a handful) to using an OS that requires an emulator to run - they will continue to use the host OS and possibly use the emulated OS for very specific tasks until a similar application has been developed for the host OS.

mavch: "RISC OS runs on them" - hmm, RISC OS actually runs on x86 and now PowerPC as well - albeit via emulation but people claim that it's actually faster than the "real thing" "They use less power" - Does that really matter? Not in laptops as ARM based laptops aren't exactly filling stores and homes! As has been pointed out many times, video cards and hard discs are the main culprits in modern computers - not the processor. Plus you can use a Pentium Mobile processor that's not so far above the XScale in power consumption that people actually care. "They're quieter and more reliable due to no CPU fans." - a definite and huge advantage. "They're easier to program in machine code." - Does this really make the slightest difference any more? Does anyone outside RISC OS program in machine code for desktop machines (other than OS of course)? "They're not evolved from 25 year old designs and therefore not (as) full of hacks." - But still the 25 year old design (which is actually closer to 30 years) is faster, cheaper and more readily available so what is the actual benefit here? "They're simpler and therefore more understandable." - Who actually cares? If the system works and is cheaper I can't see people giving a hoot. "They don't have a BIOS" - Just the CMOS instead. Not the same, I know but no system is perfect and the ARM based hardware is no gods gift to people.

 is a RISC OS UserGulli on 23/08/05 00:00AM
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