Indeed, I don't think the A9Home would fulfill my needs, unlike the Iyonix which does.
In order to add CD RW functionality (or DVD R/W), a second hard drive with Linux, a floppy drive, I would have to cover my desk with spaghetti! And with 2 printers and a frequently plugged in digital camera as well, I would need to add a USB hub too! And even if I did get that lot to work reliably, it would still be slower than the Iyonix, and could not support the high screen resolutions I have come to take for granted, and which help make my computing experience so much more pleasant.
I think if the choice is between living without the Iyonix's advantages and living without Select (for a while at least) then there is no contest IMO. If you are serious about RISC OS computing, and want to use it for real work, Iyonix is still the only option.
And as for emulation - there are some of us that would rather give up computing altogether than buy a Microsoft product!
That being said though, most of the problems I mention could be overcome by suitable packaging.
A native RO laptop would be nice, and if the A9Home were packaged as a laptop I could be tempted to get one as a second computer.
RISCOS Ltd's head licence with E14 leaked A partial scanned copy of what appears to be the original 1999 licence between ROL and E14 - the company formed from the break-up of Acorn that kept the RISC OS technology - has been anonymously leaked to several RISC OS magazines and websites this afternoon. The disclosure, which arrived by email from a gmail account, is believed to have come about following the recently revived licensing dispute between ROL and Castle. 11 comments, latest by DaveLane on 22/12/08 5:27PM. Published: 20 Dec 2008