I'm not sure what made RISC OS great anymore, a few killer apps from ComputerConcepts (now surpassed by Scribus, Xara etc.) but mostly the WIMP I guess, certainly not the stability of the OS or ease of programming desktop apps.....
I dunno, I can't see much of a future for RISC OS on ARM hardware, or maybe even RISC OS as we know it (kernel, WindowManager etc). Maybe porting to x86 may save it - VRPCSE has been popular I guess, but native would be nicer than emulation.
Perhaps just doing a ROX kind of thing and porting the Desktop to Linux may be a way to go, imagine the RISC OS desktop running on a stable OS - multitasking, memory protection, being able to use whatever peripherals you like, a huge library of applications available for free, current hardware..... ROX never seemed to catch on though.
Thing is, if you make a Linux desktop or Windows emulator, you're just going to convert people to Linux/Windows in the long term, and they fire up ROX/VRPCSE less and less.
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