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nijinsky> "If Emmulators are bad for software I cant see it. I bought datapower because of VA5000. In addition, why does RISC OS HAVE to run on ARM?"

Bully for you. But the point is if you want to run VARPC-SE you'd be buying WindowsXP as well.

There are a number of reasons for running RISC OS on actual ARM hardware:

(1). It's guaranteed to be compatible (2). It's the fastest means of running RISC OS software (3). It is not dependant on a "foreign" OS to boot and run successfully *first* (now I take you're point that the base OS does not need to be Windows - but as the ONLY OS VARPC runs on *is* Windows then that's your *only* choice). (4). No OS is perfect (not even RISC OS), but if you put RISC OS (with its bugs) on top of WindowsXP (and it's bugs) then the composite will be less reliable than either separately. When things are simpler there is *less* to go wrong.

and finally

VARPC is an emulation, it is a sophisticated package but it is still *only* an approximation of how a real RISC PC will perform. This means it can diverge from the real thing and that no matter how talented and skilled Graham Barnes is there is still going to be some deviation in the behaviour from that of a "real" RISC PC.

Please don't sell pigs in pokes here emulators are selling WindowsXP to Acorn users and that has been (and will be) their main success......



 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 13/10/03 6:58PM
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