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Hum ... here's my speculation, it even fits some of the facts:

AIUI, RO Ltd have a licence from PACE (now from CTL, under the same conditions one presumes) for the desktop market of RISC OS. There seem to be some interpretations of this:

The A75 does not look like a desktop machine to me, so can RO Ltd license RO for it? This does not explain the A6 case except...

Does the RO licence (to RO Ltd) only include ARM-based RO machines? This could even be an innocent piece of wording in the licence that has just taken on more importance than intended.

If the ARM-based bit is correct then it's not just STD that are affected, it's all VA implementations.

Just to balance things, it's also interesting why the Iyonix did not fall under RO Ltd's bit of the licence from PACE, an argument that RO Ltd made at the time. This last has been overtaken by events of course :-)

Of course, if I was being ridiculously optimistic, I would further speculate that someone was clearing the decks for a new native "desktop" market release; as A5000 is to A4 so Iyo... nah, it's not possible is it. Interesting times.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 15/06/04 10:11PM
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