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mripley: Well obviously desktop Iyonix sales are going to slow down. It's been over 18 months since release and most people who wanted to upgrade their RiscPCs have already done so. It's only a small part of Castle's market, and once everyone's got their 'Phoebe-replacement' the only new desktop customers are always going to be the small number of new users coming in.

No, Castle's main cash flow - like many of the RISC OS companies - comes from external businesses. We've already heard of Linux Iyonixes being used in Auckland Airport for example, and seen Iyonix mobos for sale on vaious tech websites.

Draw me a sales chart for Castle's *total* sales assuming the 50,000-unit deal follows through. This deal is being touted as a long-term relationship too, not a one-off Acorn-style selling binge, so sales (if successful) should be a steady amount. If successful - and I hope it is for RISC OS' sake, not Castle's - then the sales chart would be shooting through the roof as I'll bet that nowhere near 50,000 desktop Iyonixes have been sold to date.

I think it's very cynical of you to suggest that Castle are sulking about VA or Omega sales (do you really think they see the Omega as a serious desktop competitior now that they've effectively saturated the RISC OS upgrade market with Iyonixes already?) Your post gives the impression of strong anti-Castle propaganda to me (and I'm not trying to be anti-MD btw, I genuinely believe that if Omega had been completed before/soon after the Iyonix, then it would have been a lot more successful. I was a potential Omega purchaser too, but got fed up of waiting).

Plus I suspect that, unless Castle have other plans, they realise that VA (surely the more worrying competitior in the desktop market) is essential for anyone who needs to run RISC OS on the move. So they're not just going to completely kill off that corner of the RISC OS market. I don't know if you read dgs's posting of the latest CTL statement, as your posting only came 4 minutes later, but if you haven't read it yet then "Castle is committed to supporting 3rd party licensees of RISC OS, even when they are competitors. Anyone wishing to license RISC OS is most welcome to contact Castle to discuss terms" is reassuring enough for me.

What puzzles me is why, when the ROL license was terminated over a month ago, have its products still remained on sale up till now?

 is a RISC OS Useranon/unknown via 217.35.96.167 on 16/06/04 11:05AM
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