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Thanks Louie for your clarification!

What does give reason for thought is that every once in a while I get the impression that sometimes the things published on drobe are not 100% accurate - e.g. drobe stating that Louie asked for subscription numbers and Louie stating otherwise...

And as for argumenting here instead of working together: I agree that more working together in the RISC OS world would be very good but does need that the parties involved are on good speaking terms to start with. Furthermore there are those doing the work mainly for fun and others to really earn money which can mean that working together might result in less income for the latter and thus be a problem - though I have the impression that that is more often than not not the issue. Hey, you out there working for RISC OS: Do it together, try it!

But I think what is worse for the RISC OS community since it makes the users unhappy or simply lets them move to different platforms is that in the more or less recent past things the users paid for were not delivered in time, or not at all (yet), or the users were expected to continue payment despite no delivery (yet). Just look at the drobe comments of the past and see what topics the discussion looked at. Lucky me that I am no Select subscriber or Qercus subscriber since I'd be dammn angry by now and this anger (or resignation?) is something I think is inside quite a few users and needs some platform to get out.

One very sad side-effect to this is that quite a few new projects are expected to follow suit and thus before they really started considered to not work! Just assume that you are into starting something and you get to read that quite a few think that you won't make it - isn't that inspiring! Well in that case I sincerely wish you that you consider all them comments stupid (which they are in most cases) and good luck!

Louie, this said: I wish you all the best and hope that you have success and I do hope you get support (yes, especially support).

I know why support is helpful since I publish the German RISC OS magazine GAG-News since 1992 bi-monthly. Quite some time ago when Acorn was still there I did get much support, be it from manufacturers and others writing articles as well as advertisements. As time passed by and Acorn passed away this support got less and less so that currently it does happen sometimes that I write the full 32 pages of the A4 magazine all by myself (and due to the need of writing in German I can't even start off with cut'n'pasting from the net). But despite this loss of direct support I'll continue since it is fun, I think it is important and the feedback I get is not much but what I get is encouraging.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/10/06 6:51AM
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