VA5k and VARPC *do* work under wine, but it can be a faff. A vanilla wine install won't include the necessary dlls, so you'd have to get these from somewhere. CrossoverOffice doesn't work ATM (their wine branch is due for an update). I don't know about WineX, but that's not such a nice solution anyway (they don't feed back to the main Wine tree). Personally, I've installed VA5k under a vanilla wine build, with dlls copied across from CrossoverOffice. It works pretty well and isn't too slow provided I don't use too large a screen mode (1024x768 works OK). There are some problems with the latest upgrades, though (it fubared mouse support here).
To drag this back on topic, if eQ can produce a standard system with VRPC running on linux, that would be a Good Thing IMO (arguments about emulation to one side - just compare running on linux to running on XP). However, I couldn't see any comments about this on their site - but building a linux + RISC OS system using only Flash storage could be expensive for the amount of space needed!
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Prototype affordable Braille display in development A low-cost computer-controlled Braille board has been prototyped by a RISC OS-using university student. Undergraduate Edward Rogers hopes to sell his completed units for as little as 200 quid each to schools and families to allow more blind children to continue learning Braille. And he said he wanted to launch his venture using RISC OS-powered kit before offering a package for other platforms. 10 comments, latest by epokh on 27/6/09 12:49PM. Published: 22 Nov 2008