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n reply to AMS: Given the reference in the article to 'tearing' out ROMs, it didn't seem unreasonable to mention that Adjust will also be available for Virtual RiscPC and the Omega, and that neither of these needs to physically remove ROMs. Nor did I mean to ruffle feathers by noting that the 26 bit OS market has continued to expand due to Virtual RiscPC: that's the current reality. The situation seems clear to me: if Castle want Select for the Iyonix, then they will have to fund it or, as is evident from the various forums, leave a number of their customers disappointed. In the absence of any such initiative from Castle, then ROL *may* need to cater for ex-Select customers, who have migrated to the Iyonix. If the combination of RiscPC, Virtual RiscPC, etc. users is enough to fund continued development of Select, however, this need will be less pressing. From the look of things, RISC OS Select is set to go from strength to strength, and so the only 'bad news' is if Iyonix users want Select features and Castle fail to fund ROL's development costs. I really hope something can be done to resolve the apparent impasse. As the article suggests, Wakefield is going to be a fun place to air these issues ;-)

"You seem pleased that VARPC might [...] be outselling the Iyonix." Why would that please me? The reason that I chose an Omega is because I wanted a desktop machine running RISC OS on ARM-based hardware. Currently, the Omega happens to meet my needs better than an Iyonix, but that's a personal choice, and I have no aversion to the Iyonix, which is a very worthy and interesting machine. Everyone's needs are different, however, and I understand why some people are opting for 'hybrid' desktop machines. It seems seems a little churlish to 'rant' at them when they're doing their best to stay loyal to RISC OS (and buying new software for their new machines). If you have ideological issues with Microsoft, then that's your prerogative, and I can understand that. As for myself: I'd rather not use Windows (for a number of reasons), and waited a *very* long time (too long) for an ARM-based RISC OS solution; in the end, it never materialised, and so I bought a laptop and Virtual RiscPC. I can't see how that harms either Castle or MicroDigital's sales. Moreover, people are returning to RISC OS via the Virtual RiscPC route, and are supporting the market by buying software (including a licence from ROL). That strikes me as positive. I understand your fear that the desktop market may suffer, but seem to have more confidence that the Iyonix and Omega will continue to hold their own against the competition. "Shame that you've managed to turn a good news story (ROL making ROM based RO4 Select available) into a *bad news* one." I'm sorry that you chose to read my words that way. That aside, at least we can agree on something: like me, you obviously want ROL to succeed. That's good to hear :-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 25/4/04 9:24PM
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