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In reply to knutson: I agree with much of your "reality check", although without actually knowing what the market is like for Virtual RiscPC sales, I suspect that there must have been a reasonable income from the emulation-route hardware developers, with the prospect of more to come.

Without buying into the rather emotional debate about the virtues or otherwise of Virtual RiscPC, the only ones who have any real idea about the prospects for sales in this area are the people who've been selling the systems. CTL's attitude to emulation doesn't seem to have been precisely questioned in this report. When you say that "the desktop market would get some benefit from the embedded developments and a wider range of processor options", I'm uncertain as to whether or not you're confining your remarks on processsor options to applications outside the desktop. On the other hand, CTL's remarks seem to indicate they are supportive of all developers, so if this is true, the distinction is unnecessary.

If CTL have undertaken an analysis of how other people's licenced RISC OS applications are likely to affect their own markets, then there's a simple enough business decision to make once you've reached that point: which of them (all, one or any number between) is likely to produce the best business result for you, and should be supported? If we can take CTL's reported remarks at face value, then they seem to be saying they're supporting all current developers, except for ROL, maybe.

Having said all that, if ROL are as shaky as the article suggests, then CTL probably have no choice other than to force them to the wall. To do otherwise in that circumstance would mean putting more of their future income stream at risk, unnecessarily. From their (and maybe many other's) points of view, it would be the quickest way to clarify things, as painful as it might be for some in the short term!

 is a RISC OS UserRobA on 22/06/04 04:57AM
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