"And even at that they're still closer to the original design and are more likely to be compatible than something that "simulates" a PC on varying Windows/PC combinations."
What a load of balls. Why should they be? The Iyonix is almost completely different in every way. The only vague similarities are that the CPU executes something that /looks/ like ARM code, and it runs a version of RISC OS. What VA-RPC emulates is much closer to a real "Acorn-made" box. The fact it's running on a different CPU doesn't matter at all. Next you'll be saying that Microdigital's IOMD/VIDC replacements aren't similar at all, because they're written in VHDL or whatever. What matters is the pin-out.
"Iyonix has a HAL and a RISC OS designed specifically to run on that hardware"
RISC OS was certainly *not* designed to run on that hardware. It was ported to it.
"On the 26bit code department, yes as you know it needs a form of emulation - this is a weakness - but overtime 32bit code will predominate that problem will not be so pronounced."
If you're in favour of that, why not promote doing what Apple did? (Change to a decent CPU, put emulation in the OS until all the worthwhile software was ported). Do you have something against Transmeta's offerings for the some deluded reasons? (ie, they emulate an x86 via a JIT.)
"Isn't the RiscStation largely an ARM7500 based box (effectively an A7000), I like hyperbole as much as the next guy but pleaaaassseee"
Yes, it's ARM7500 based. But then you can buy a RAID card from LSI with an IOP321 on it. Doesn't make it even slightly similar to an Iyonix. Or my car stereo, an Empeg, which has a StrongARM110 in it. Not in the slightest bit like a StrongARM RiscPC. Talk sense, man.
"All software has bugs, and anyway, it's extremely unlikely that these bugs would overlap."
"They don't have to, the overall stability and performance is based on the sum of all the bugs surely."
As fylfot pointed out, Windows these days is *far* more stable than RISC OS. It'll be RISC OS that's the weak link, not Windows. No matter how much you'd like it to be. Windows has progressed in the past 10 years, where RISC OS has not.
"If Windows crashes it takes VA and your RISC OS down. If VA crashes it takes your RISC OS Down. If RISC OS crashes well it crashes..."
And hardware failure or degradation in your 10 year old RiscPC won't cause crashes, oh no... Either way, Windows crashes these days are so rare (esp. if you're just running one well-behaved application, like VA-RPC) it's at worst going to cause a tiny number of crashes compared to what RISC OS can do of its own device.
"I never said this was a current problem but one that might occur in the future."
Microsoft's licencing scheme means that you can run older versions of Windows using a current licence. (For example, if you own a WinXP Pro licence, you're allowed to run Win2000, WinNT 4, WinNT3.5 or Windows 9x instead.) And anyway, it's not likely to become a problem in the next 10 years, given that you can still run software nearly 20 years old on current versions.
Out of interest, do you have another agenda here? You seem to be the only one on Drobe who has these feelings. And very odd and ill-founded feelings they are. Do you avoid voting Tory just incase they feel like a bit of ethnic clensing here and there, because they're within a 1000 miles of the Nazis?
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