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On South East 2008 show round up:

Erk! Information overload! Is this ROLF to run RISC OS apps on Linux?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/10/08 5:12PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

James Woodland:

I've checked out those projects. They are poor imitations. What is required is the actual RISC OS GUI integrated onto a Linux-like system. Like Apple did.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 09/10/08 09:33AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

This was inevitable, I suppose. Castle have done everything to save the market, but they needed software development to go with the hardware. Lack of software development has made the platform unviable for productive use for quite some time. I have to say I wish I hadn't sold my Kinetic RiscPC, though :(

What I'd lke to see is the actual RISC OS GUI, not an imitation, taken from RISC OS Open and professionally integrated on top of a UNIX-like OS. Exactly the same idea as MacOS X. The new system would act like RISC OS, but be able to run UNIX programs. The UNIX bit remains Open Source, as with Apple, but the GUI is proprietry (or indeed open source, too).

Is this possible, legally and technically?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 09/10/08 09:25AM
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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

If it's worth doing, then someone should do it commercially. Port it then sell the actual hardware with it already installed. The reason why Castle is successful is because they are a business... everything they do makes money. That's their incentive. A bounty, or donations scheme, is hardly incentive. Making profit is. SO I propose that if a programmer, or group of programmers would like to do this, they make a business plan and execute it and make some money. Making money attracts others and that benefits everyone and then you have a real marketplace.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 5/1/08 11:26AM
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On Open source Organizer pondered:

This is one great piece of software and one that I miss a LOT. I don't know if it's officially classified as a killer app, but to me it always was. If he has no time to develop it himself, I urge the author to fully open-source this. It would be a sad loss if it faded away Vantage style.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 1/8/07 9:00PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

MessengerPro is the nicest email client I've ever used. I really miss it now I'm on Windows :(

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 16/5/07 7:40PM
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On ROOL make 'market map' mouse mats:

"Oops! I forgot about this - Steve, if you're reading, could you email me again about it. Thanks." from RComp and "I hope they take me serious. I have filled in all details 2 days ago but haven't heard..." from EasyKees were the two comments that inspired my comment. It wasn't an attack on ROOL. What serious business would leave a comment on a news Web site asking another organisation to email again?!

As for ROOL's Web site - I fully agree. It is a very professional design and they do seem to have grasped PR. With any luck it might rub off on other RISC OS businesses.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 24/4/07 2:42PM
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On ROOL make 'market map' mouse mats:

It's little wonder that very few people indeed take the RISC OS desktop market seriously. Here we have businesses discussing business on a public Web site instead of conducting it privately via email.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/4/07 6:42PM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

The continued development of ArtWorks is great. A job really well done. I can see why ArtWorks keeps people with RISC OS, in the same way that XaraX keeps me with Windows and not MacOS. Having said that, ArtWorks is getting to the stage where it is becoming a viable alternative to XaraX. This is why I keep my eye on the RISC OS scene. I hope one day soon it will be viable to add a new RISC OS machine to my setup.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 20/3/07 11:51AM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

Peter Naulls asks (and asks and asks and asks) for money for a piece of open-source software, releases it in a state that requires a fix, then proclaims he is ceasing development of said software because someone wrote a guide to get it working... What is there to say? Words fail me.

Surely NetSurf is the safest bet if this is what you get for your money.

Maybe it's high time Castle/ROL spent a proportion of coding their coding hours on Firefox, too. After all, having it available and working should *at least* help to retain users.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 20/3/07 11:46AM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

arawnsley: "slightly odd logic" you say! You then go on to suggest, if I understand it correctly, that because the user likes RISC OS, he should keep it *and* get a useful system alongside it. This might work well with chocolate, but computers are a lot more expensive. Many people, myself included, simply can't afford (or justify) flushing hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds down the toilet simply because RISC OS is nice to use. I'm not anti-RISC OS, by the way, but I do feel the lack of reality offers little in the way of advancing the platform. The NetSurf team and Peter Naulls are both doing a great job of filling in the gaps in the RISC OS Internet armoury, but there's much more that commercial developers could and should be doing. Having to run two computer systems indicates that one of them is sadly lacking in functionality.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 6/2/07 7:31PM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

thesnark: at what point did I suggest that someone should buy and/or maintain a second computer system to run in parallel with RISC OS? If one cannot do what one wants or needs to on a RISC OS computer then one should replace it with a different system. Likewise for any other computer system. Of course a cheaper solution would be to nip along to the nearest Internet cafe and find love there...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 5/2/07 1:00PM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

druck: you're right, I don't know what I was thinking :D

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 5/2/07 10:42AM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

fantasian2: why are you asking Jesus?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 5/2/07 9:20AM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

Someone should tell this NetSurf user to get his priorities in order. Is a RiscPC more important than finding love? If I wanted to find love using online services and I found myself unable to do so due to failings of a computer system, I would change the system. A computer is just a tool. If it isn't suitable for the task at hand, then select a better tool.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 5/2/07 9:19AM
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On Select 4 delayed after Middleton family death:


Thanks for all that, but I'm not having a bash, at least not at Paul Middleton. I also don't need a lecture in how companies are setup, I've read all the appropriate government literature, since I once went down that road.

My original post was a defense of hEgelia's post, which was jumped upon by a few posters wishing to appear virtuous with regards to Paul Middleton's personal affairs.

I'm not going to write a guide to understanding my original post, though. I think it is quite clear enough, but I will emphasise that it is not an attack on Paul Middleton.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/1/07 9:16PM
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On Select 4 delayed after Middleton family death:

Several facts suggest that ROL is not a one-man show...

1. a Ltd company must have two directors 2. Paul Middleton is not a programmer 3. the article mentions a spokesman

The article does not suggest that administrative cock-ups are due to Mr Middleton's bereavement. Furthermore, the fact that ROL cannot be a one-man show means that there is no reason for the general running of the company to be adversely effected. On the other hand, it is natural for major releases, business deals etc to be delayed if the boss is unable to approve them or sign contracts etc.

So, bearing that in mind, what is wrong with hEgelia's comment?

Seems that some people are using this opportunity to take the moral high ground, when in fact this is Mr Middleton's personal business and none of ours.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/1/07 8:10PM
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On The best of the Microdigital Mico manual:

Gavin Wraith: "The fellow does not even use quote symbols for reported speech."

No-one should use quotes with reported speech, since then it would be quoted speech.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 7/1/07 7:35PM
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On ROS Open awaiting licensing wording agreement:

It seems that there are some 'businesses' out there who paid not attention to the Microdigital and RiscStation sagas. Easy rule: don't announce anything until it is ready to sell, download or whatever.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 9/12/06 4:53PM
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On RPCEmu updated to run RISC OS 6:

What is wrong with Druck's statement? Seems reasonable enough to me. Aaron clearly has a conflict of interest. Whether it has any affect on his various business decisions is a separate matter.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 9/12/06 4:49PM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:


"If being sincerely interested in the debate makes me a left-wing nutcase, then so be it."

If you say so. I didn't say so. My comment referred to the protest and the comments attributed to the protester.

"How we reduce conflict is a very complex issue, which is why the debate is essential."

LOL, and you really think that if we have an intelligent debate HM Government will pay any attention and alter their policies accordingly? Enough intelligent people decided that the war in Iraw was not a good idea, but that didn't seem to deter Tony and his cronies.

"I'm not sure name-calling encourages sincere, intelligent debate."

Personally, I find it quite revealing that you and some others focussed on my first three words and conveniently paid no attention to the rest of my post, which happened to be serious argument.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 24/11/06 6:27PM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

Left wing nutcase. A debate has been promised. A parliamentary vote has been promised. Nuclear proliferation means new countries getting weapons, not existing powers replacing existing weapons. Finally, although I thoroughly agree that all nuclear weapons should be scrapped by everyone, there is a difference between the UK and Iran. For example, the UK is not threatening to wipe out an entire nation (Israel). Nor, North Korea style, are we lobbing missiles over our neighbours.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 24/11/06 10:05AM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

"What exactly do you mean by 'the hardware is slow'"

Well, I mean it is not fast. For those rare tasks, such as watching DVDs, recording music, encoding MP3s, editing photos... oh, wait, they are all COMMON tasks these days. I guess that means that RISC OS hardware is slow.

Not only is RISC OS missing a modern bitmap editor, but it is also missing a RAW converter/editor. It is also missing a vaguely modern music recording/editing application, not to mention a DVD player and multimedia player. What about editing digital video? In all cases the hardware is not up to the job, before you even consider the issues of the software.

That is the problem. It is no use saying you can't compare Mhz to Mhz. For basic use of the OS, RISC OS is very zippy, but for most daily tasks, it is now rather slow and in many cases simply not capable.

I use to be a RISC OS optimist. I sold my Windows PC and switched to RISC OS exclusively and that was just before the Kinetic RiscPC was released, so I think I qualified as being an optimist back then. Since then I've been forced to sell up due to the complete lack of significant progress in comparison to other, more popular computer systems ie. WindowsXP and MacOS X.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 11/11/06 7:13PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

Andrew Banks:

"My comment was about your stated wishes, that could help to bring about the death of RISC OS for everyone else."

I do not wish anything, since RISC OS as a system failed me long ago. When my RiscPC failed, I paid both CTA and Castle to fix it, despite their failure to do so under warranty, and finally this combined with the growing problem of Internet software forced me to flee to the dark side. I did not want to. I felt pushed.

My favourite major applications - ArtWorks, Ovation Pro and Sibelius - are all available for Windows and are under active development. Since RISC OS is clearly a lost cause, surely the best thing to do is to salvage some great software and make it available on modern platforms.

"Ref. your statement "Would you rather see your favourite software die along with RISC OS?" . Removing software from RISC OS will hasten its death."

True, but that is missing the point. You need to consider why porting software needs to be considered in the first place. There are many reasons for this:

* Thousands of Acorn customers abandoned the platform thanks to Phoebe, Omega and RiscStation * Many remaining users do not often invest in new software or equipment * The hardware is slow * Users will continue to leave due to a lack of capable Internet and multimedia applications

I could probably enlarge that list but it's all been said before. Clearly these are all reasons why development has slowed dramatically. When development slows, so users will leave and so the cycle continues.

I really thought Castle had it cracked with the IyonixPC but they failed, along with the other major developers, to capitalise on the new hardware by plugging software gaps and/or promoting new development. You'd need a pretty amazing machine to bring that opportunity again.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 10/11/06 5:56PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

Andrew Banks: I could as well tell you to consider the developers of the applications who will likely make far more money selling to Windows users. If you think any comment I (or anyone else for that matter) make on here will cause developers to follow a certain business path, then you are residing in your own cosy little reality. Money will decide whether something is ported to Windows or not.

Would you rather see your favourite software die along with RISC OS?

You should consider WHY companies ported software to Windows in the first place. Was it perhaps out of bitterness? No, it was to make a living.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 09/11/06 8:28PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

I would use RISC OS, too, if I could. I would quite like to know what requirement of yours are met on RISC OS but not on Windoze or MacOS X...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 09/11/06 6:08PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

AMS: "The only likely outcome I can see from all of this is that the only people who'd heard of these RISC OS apps would be RISC OS users and therefore all you'd succeed in doing is moving RISC OS users to MacOS X (or whatever)."

That is not the case with ArtWorks. Judging by the talkgraphics.com forums, some of the top users of XaraX are American.

Xara has clearly gained enough of the market share on Windows or else it would have gone bust long ago. The recent open source debacle suggests things have gone pear shaped, which could have something to do with them sitting back on their arses and letting XaraX fall by the wayside. I see a connection with RISC OS there...

Sibelius has been even more successful. It is the number one in it's field.

Personally, I agree with the point of view that decent RISC OS software should be ported to Windows and/or MacOS. RISC OS is nice and still does a good job. However, we all know very well that only the most undemanding user could use RISC OS as their sole machine. Standard computer users cannot justify buying two computers. It's ridiculous to have to buy a second machine because RISC OS companies are used to being propped up financially by loyal users. That's why I switched to Windows. I hate Windows, but it has all the software I want. I love RISC OS, but it has almost none of the software I want.

A fitting tribue to the system and to the fantastic programmers who wrote for it would be to see the good RISC OS apps succeed on a modern platform. Remember, Windows is a massive market - you don't need to think in terms of a percent market share. You need to think in terms of income. If 20000 people bought your software, it would not be noticed by the masses and the media, but you would have a very healthy income...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 09/11/06 12:39AM
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On South East 2006 show report:

<harry enfield>Oi! Virtual Acorn! When are you going to release VA for MacOS?</harry enfield>

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 22/10/06 5:38PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

In reply to em2ac: since Archive has articles about religion, Archive is a RISC OS magazine and these are RISC OS forums, the debate is fundamentally appropriate.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 27/09/06 1:50PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

In reply to mrtd: as Simon Challands says, it's not the article that is negative, it's the location. What other computing magazine carries articles about religion?

In reply to nijinsky: short of saying "Archive", you could not have made it more obvious which magazine you were referring to.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/09/06 4:14PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Is Archive still going, by the way?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/09/06 11:50AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Bob Hartley: I found Archive to be a splended magazine. I do agree with your view on the Christian page bit, though. It has no place in a sensible computing magazine and I did used to find it inappropriate and intensely irritating.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/09/06 11:49AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Chimpy: how on earth did you find that Web site? I've been wondering what happened to Tau Press and it's sidekick company for quite some time.

Shame that Steve was into all that Scientology nonsense. I sensed he was a decent chap underneath all that. I am glad to note he says "I" and "me" on his new Web site, thereby suggesting the abscence of one highly undesirable woman who made Tau Press what it was (and wasn't).

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/9/06 12:17PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

I must say that if those nutters had bought RISC OS, I for one would have dropped it like a hot brick.

These are sick people folks and should best be avoided. Tau Press tricked me into going to a Scientology session (they said it was a business course) and I can tell you first hand, those guys are loopy. And 100% obsessed. Best avoided.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 22/9/06 7:59AM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

"We" have no control over and no means to achieve any advance of RISC OS as a platform - only Castle have that ability and perhaps other select companies with RISC OS knowledge.

Either Castle is going to release a new native machine or, like MacOS X before it, RISC OS will have to be ported to the x86 architecture, whether that be commercially or as open source.

None of this is going to happen of course. What is the point of making new RISC OS machines or porting the OS? There are no developers left! Cerilica - gone. David Pilling - gone. Computer Concepts - gone. Clares - gone. That's not to mention all the companies from the early-and-mid-nineties. In fact, only MW Software still develops a major, non-specialist application for RISC OS, I think.

If a super-duper, 1.2GHz XScale machine running RISC OS 6 was revealed tomorrow, what advantage would it bring in real terms? Speed maybe, but with all the usual gaps - can't play DVDs, can't watch Flash movies, can't watch AVI and many other movie formats, no decent bitmap editor. No DTP editor with PDF ability or transparency ability, no way to import modern Illustrator files, no modern spreadsheet fully (or near as damn it) compatible with Excel. Oh, no RAW converter/editor.

RISC OS needs a much bigger advantage to hold over other OSes except for impressive font display and drag and drop.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 31/08/06 2:45PM
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On ROL: Giving Select 4 date is tricky:

I'd be suprised (and a little disappointed at the insanity of those who did it) if more than a small handful of people forked out for another year of non-delivery. It would have to be one seriously impressive update and be available on CD or ROMs to buy and use right now before I personally considered buying a copy of RISC OS from RISCOS Ltd.

Unfortunately for RISCOS Ltd's shareholders, most computer users just want a functional computer and to be able to buy things that exist and that work on that computer. Not many people, not even RISC OS fans (who have proved themselves slightly more dedicated than the average Windows user), would happily keep a company afloat by effectively making annual donations out of the good of their hearts. This saga will be directly contributing to the contraction of the market. Since ROL is playing catch-up to every other desktop OS on the planet, it doesn't help to also create a perception of incompetence and lack of direction by failing to provide product for already-received cash.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/6/06 5:18PM
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On Select subs asked to renew despite no Select 4:

This is simply ridiculous and, as far as I can see, probably illegal. You wouldn't subscribe to National Geographic for a year and be happy receiving no copies at all, whilst all your money paid for a new online version (for example)...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 19/6/06 10:28PM
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On Punter bitten by fraudsters after using R-Comp site:

It's very cheap and easy to have secure online ordering. There is simply no excuse not to have it. It would be interesting to hear exactly why RComp have declined to offer this protection to customers, when it is standard on any Web site that requires you to enter credit card information.

VinceH, by the way, is absolutely correct. If a customer does not sign the receipt/enter his PIN then the seller becomes liable for any fraudulent transactions. As this is distance selling, the seller also has to offer greater consumer rights with regards to returning products (cooling off period) and so on.

By offering insecure payment facilities, RComp are simply exposing their customers and themselves to financial risk and legal headaches.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 19/6/06 10:22PM
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On ROS app could scupper encryption law:

Those of us *without* a kiddy porn collection will not find that default a problem.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/5/06 10:17AM
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On Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener:

"Are you sure he isn't doing community service? MD still owes people money." (Druck) "...he turned his back on responsiblity and moral duty, and I don't understand why some users are condoning such behaviour." (fylfot)

Those two comments say it all really. A project going wrong or a business going bust is a part of life, but nothing was done to get money back to people or, if that was not possible, to at least open-source things, try to sell the project to another company, offer good support. In fact, it is known that MD paid a tracking service to track comments made by people about the company... that money would have been better spent on Omega development and support.

To recap, Omega was announced before it existed and then pretty much never appeared. A few appeared that did not meet the specifications, but that's hardly a success story, is it. A sorry saga.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 22/5/06 7:43PM
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On Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener:

Let's hope Atkins spends our taxes more wisely than he spent customers' cash. I have to say he would not be the first person I would ask to do anything, free or paid.

I bet Prosser won't mention his unfinished Omega computer on his CV, at least not the word "unfinished".

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 21/5/06 8:01PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

Herbert: "Photodesk ist not quite dead. I know a good programmer is looking into it planning to enhance and maintain it. But unfortunately it is quite a job and thus no dates given."

He'll have a hell of a lot of work to do then. Photodesk is way, way behind any vaguely modern bitmap editor. It needs to support RAW files and to have automated/intelligent functions added, such as Shadow/Highlights and lens distortion correction. It also needs it's own text renderer to produce crisp text for print and for the Web.

Failing this, no serious photographer will choose Photodesk.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 20/05/06 09:02AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

Before anyone mentions it, I cannot program. Furthermore, the comment is aimed at businesses as well as programming enthusiasts.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/05/06 6:43PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

Nice to see STD and Martin Wuerthner developing and, significantly, delivering products. I wish them both well.

It's a real shame to see that there is nothing substantial from Castle or RISCOS Ltd, nor any useful news on ImpressionX.

That there are still debates about the lack of decent Internet software beggars belief. This should not be the situation. Relinquishing control of Oregano was a bad move on Castle's part... IyonixPCs should be shipped with an up-to-date browser complete with Flash and Java. As someone said, this is the biggest cause of customer migration and certainly played a big part in making me switch.

I keep on saying I will add RISC OS to my setup again, but as time passes I see less and less reason to do so. Photodesk is dead, there is no substantial movement on the Internet front, ImpressionX seems to have disappeared and OvationPro is now only developed for Windows. Then there's camera RAW for digital SLR users. The list goes on.

Don't get me wrong, I am still a big RISC OS fan but it is fast getting to the stage where only retired teachers and dedicated enthusiasts will use/buy these machines - and that comment is not a dig at any group of people.

As usual, there is still time, but someone needs to do an Apple (hello Castle) and take responsibility for some software, too. IyonixPC 2 needs to arrive, along with some investment in software development.

There is a Photoshop-alternative out there which seems pretty powerful and it is available on several platforms. It is written by one man, as far as I can tell. It is therefore bollocks to suggest that you need Adobe's manpower and deep pockets to develop and release such software.

The NetSurf team have the right idea. Get up and fix the problem!! There is plenty of room for more open source *and* commercial offerings.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/05/06 6:38PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

"Castle bought everything lock stock and barrel" - wrong. The Acorn trademark is not owned by Castle, but rather a licence to use it on certain products. That much is clear from the fact that unknown individuals have hijacked Acorn's good name in preparation to try to flog some PCs. I rather doubt whether Castle would have allowed the situation to get this far if they actually owned the name.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 6/5/06 12:02PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

gj: Acorn users do not constitute a community as they do not live together, nor for most people is it a pivitol part of life in general. They are customers who need real-world commercial products to buy. I strongly feel recognition of this would lead to more success... and look, Castle is the company that recognises that and tends to be the most professional and commercial-thinking company and hence the most successful.

jc: there is still some way to go before RISC OS systems can be claimed to be more productive. Nicer to use, definitely, but the fact I had to switch to Windows demonstrates a certain lacking with RISC OS software (although I am seriously considering adding a RISC OS box to my setup).

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 6/5/06 11:59AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

This news story read exactly like an April Fool's. It is in fact a horror story. It makes my skin crawl to think that some bloke is going to use the Acorn brand, with the same logo, to flog IBM-compatible laptops. Acorn was an innovator and shipped products of the highest quality. It was not a box-shifter.

Like someone else mentioned, this is probably not a good business idea. For those who remember Acorns or still use the system now, they will not touch this company with a barge pole either out of principle or because Acorn is remembered as being different and expensive. Furthermore, it will look (to the uninformed) like Acorn failed in it's original business objectives, or that it gave up on it's own products, and is now shifting standard laptops. Who is going to go for Acorn with that view?

If this goes ahead, it will simply tarnish the historical reputation of Acorn.

BTW, it's hardly likely that they are going to sell PCs to turn Acorn into it's former self again. You'd have to lure away the engineers from companies like Pace and Oregan Networks, where they are probably earning rather comfortable livings.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 6/5/06 11:53AM
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On Written for Qercus? Send it to Drobe:

Someone modded Dave down. Why? He has a fair point and it's completely on-topic. Stop abusing the modding system.

I agree with Dave. Excellent though Drobe undoubtedly is, it does make more sense for a writer to actually get paid for his work, and Dave seems to have the upper hand at the moment!!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 8/4/06 6:44PM
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On Thank Acorn for embedded tech growth says Oregan exec:

Drobe software is flawed in many ways. It has put me down as a bad moderator and I still don't know why!! I have modded up some things that others modded down for political and not topical reasons, so perhaps I am being punished for trying to enforce the principle of not using the modding system for political reasons.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 30/3/06 11:33AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

I think it's fair to say that if some new, super-duper ARM hardware is not out soon, then native RISC OS machines have had their day. Perhaps more realistic would be to do an Apple and stick RISC OS onto a UNIX base (not emulation) that runs on standard PC hardware or, failing that, RISC OS Select running in emulation on a minimal Linux install that is invisible to the user. RISC OS has the best interface - not as WOW!! as MacOS, but a little more subtle and professional. Sadly, I can't see a real port or merging with UNIX going ahead, so Linux/Emulation is the next best thing.

The death of native hardware is down to a lack of activity from manufacturers. Emulation was a bad thing back in the day, but now there is no laptop, IyonixPC is starting to get long in the tooth, let's not talk about MD and RS, or the lack of a retail A9 Home... well, emulation looks like a life-saver.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/3/06 9:09PM
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On Thank Acorn for embedded tech growth says Oregan exec:

I see a parallel with the actions of record companies. Example: R.E.M. took ten years to start making big bucks, but their record company invested in them long-term. Now they sell millions of records each time they release something, generating profit. Same with Elton John. Nowadays, record companies are more likely to drop anyone like them like a hot brick - no-one wants to invest long-term.

Take Acorn's set-top box and related initiatives. I rather think they'd be making a mint at the moment had anyone had the foresight to invest long-term.

RISC OS could also have been put forward as a contender for the OS of Palm-type devices where not everything is expected to run Windows.

Acorn's losses resulted from Government IT budgets for schools, as you say. And perhaps from being too diverse. An innovative company like Acorn would also have high R&D and staff costs. For many things, like ARM chips and their TV media stuff, they were too far ahead of their time (as hinted at above).

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/3/06 6:16PM
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On Thank Acorn for embedded tech growth says Oregan exec:

I don't see Castle doing much better!!

Acorn were poor at advertising outside of the education market, I think we all agree on that. However, they were exceptionally innovative and their products were of the highest quality. Look how people stick with RISC OS machines (even actual Acorn machines) even now.

And we all know they didn't go bust, but were split up for greedy people to get their ARM shares.

What they did do, before they left the scene, was provide Acorn Browse and Java VM and Replay. Castle provided Oregano, which was a Godsend at the time, but subsequently abandoned it, broke a raft of promises concerning it, and failed to provide Java and any decent replacement to Replay.

This illustrates that although Acorn were not particularly hot at marketing outside of education, they did tend to try to keep their customers up-to-date with various importance technology such as Web browsing and Java. I wish someone would follow their example.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/3/06 2:06PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

"just be able to do anything you need it to do is all we need"

That would require more powerful hardware (to do nice things with DVDs and audio), some expensive software licencing (for things like a Flash player and Java virtual machine) and a concerted effort by developers to develop software to plug the gaps (of which there are many). I don't think it's going to happen...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 19/3/06 12:44PM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

For goodness sake, why don't RISCOS Ltd just use their Web site and make sure it has all the latest news and releases from the company and full, easy-to-read detail on all their products?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 17/3/06 9:21PM
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On South West 2006 round up:

JGZimmerle: Castle are trying to sell RISC OS? That would be crazy. It's the core of their business, desktop and otherwise, unless they've changed radically. From where did you get your information?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 1/3/06 9:58PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

hzn: From the same page you linked to:

"From now on RISC OS will be updated on a rolling basis, instead of releasing a major upgrade every couple of years."

"All Subscribers to RISC OS Select will receive up to 3 CD's per year i.e. one CD approximately every 4 months."

From reading this, one could quite reasonably assume that you would get at least one CD per year... most people would be expecting three. Last time I checked, it wasn't very common for people to subscribe to something for one year and receive absolutely nothing. Just because it doesn't guarantee 3 CDs a year means nothing... if you've paid for up to 3 you have to receive something, otherwise you've paid for nothing and the law would not uphold that. I am sure if you tried, the law would favour the out-of-pocket consumer who has subcribed to a very expensive... nothing!!

druck: LOL!! Just a pity that it's a serious situation :(

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/02/06 11:36PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

Sawadee: What on earth are you talking about?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 26/02/06 11:27PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

With regards to Select, is it not illegal to charge for a product and fail to deliver? Seems like ROL would be obliged to refund anyone who demands it or face charges. Select seemed to be doing quite well and I did start to take to it (when I used it a couple of years ago), but this is ridiculous.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/02/06 12:02AM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

I sure hope that Advantage6 get their machine into production soon. What is not needed is another farce in the style of Microdigital or RiscStation. Clearly this is not vapourware, but I am starting to feel like the announcement was premature. There is something to be said for Castle's way of doing things. You won't even have an inkling that there is a new RISC OS machine from them until it's in stock.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 23/02/06 11:58AM
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On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

Funny how Microsoft vs Netscape and Adobe vs Macromedia hasn't driven away Windows users from that platform. I think you'll find it's the failings of the average RISC OS system that drives people away, not to mention sagas such as the fabled Omega, and not personal disagreements.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/12/05 8:25PM
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On Vantage users hope for adoption as Cerilica site vanishes:

It would seem to be the ideal solution... licence the software you no longer maintain. Someone else can develop it and sell it, but you get royalties. If you've given up on it, then what's the problem? It seems that the engine in Vantage is finished technology, in that it does what it was designed to. It just needs work to make it stable. Vantage itself could do with improved import/export and a quick look at Xara Xstreme and Adobe Illustrator suggests there's always a new useful feature to add!! At least in the end Xara Ltd had the decency to hand over development of ArtWorks and Impression to 3rd parties, rather than leave people with ageing products.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 27/12/05 10:10PM
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On Merry Christmas:

AMS: I second that. Even though I am currently not using RISC OS, I keep up to date with Drobe. Good work! Best wishes to all!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 27/12/05 10:04PM
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On Christmas roadshow news:

IyonixPC *does* run RISC OS, as far as I am aware...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/12/05 8:08PM
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On Vantage users hope for adoption as Cerilica site vanishes:

DavidPilling: Nic left Cerilica to take a different job and now Simon has done the same. The company did not go bust as such. But no matter the finances, to sell a premium product which was not stable enough to use for many people and then to just disappear, ignore emails and fail to organise any sort of support or continued development is, to say the least, morally and professionally questionable.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/12/05 8:00PM
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On Vantage users hope for adoption as Cerilica site vanishes:

Another thought... a bitmap package based on the same TRUISM and Vantage anti-aliasing technology would be a boon. I guess if Vantage actually did get open-sourced or someone took over development, that could be a distinct posibility...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/12/05 7:57PM
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On Vantage users hope for adoption as Cerilica site vanishes:

I used to be a Vantage owner but sold my copy due to instability on my Kinetic. However, on a RISC OS 3.7 machine it ran like a dream. If it was made 32bit and stabilised, then it would be a great product, worthy of a decent price tag. It's unlikely to be given away due to the TRUISM technology. What is needed is for a capable developer to take it over and market it as an appropriate price (ie. 100 UKP or above). However, I challange anyone to locate and speak to Simon.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/12/05 7:53PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

Being in Greece means I may have to reassess my views on VirtualAcorn if I want to use RISC OS at all. So good, it sounds like it could work well on my system. Thanks for the reply!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/9/05 3:23PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

Anybody running VirtualAcorn on a slightly lesser desktop? I have an Athloin 1800+ with 700-odd MB of RAM. Should it be enough to run with no problems?

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 17/9/05 5:30PM
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On Qercus moves to in-house production:

You are right, there is no reason why each of these steps cannot be done on a Windoze machine. Or an Amiga. Or a Mac. Or an Atari. Perhaps it makes some sense, though, to use RISC OS if that's what you know and like and also if that's what your publication is about.

To say a RISC OS machine is pointless in this day and age is a bit of a senseless remark. It is perfectly true that they are lacking in several areas, there is no doubt about it, but not to the extent where you could legitimately claim they are pointless. Note also developments such as the Firefox port, which fixes the biggest software problem. I think there's a way to go yet before RISC OS is pointless.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 17/9/05 5:27PM
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On ArtWorks 2.5 will include PDF export:

Excellent news and a development which will benefit both ArtWorks and RISC OS users as it allows ArtWorks documents to be sent as industry-standard PDF files. Brilliant!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/9/05 8:57PM
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On Qercus moves to in-house production:

I meant to mention: it was very quick, very easy and presented no problems. I'd be interested to know (perhaps privately) what problems have occurred and why.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 12/9/05 6:24PM
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On Qercus moves to in-house production:

When I edited and produced Acorn User, this is how I did things:

1. Adjust images in Photodesk or, in later issues, with Photoshop because Photoshop did a better job and a lot faster.

2. Layout the magazine in Ovation Pro, using CMYK colours.

3. Generate PostScript files of the pages

4. Send these to the Mac and generate CMYK PDF files, which were then sent to the printers.

A professional printer will still accept PostScript files, which will produce professional results.

The Mac was used for PDF creation due to RiScript's lack of clipping and CMYK support (at the time).

You have a laptop running VirtualAcorn. Buy Adobe Acrobat and drop your PosctScript files onto that. You should end up with CMYK PDF files you can send to any half-decent printing firm.

PS Just a plea to people - will you please mod comments based on whether they are suitable, not whether you agree with them or not. Whoever modded down David Bradforth's comment has done so on the basis of disagreeing with him, because the comment is bang on-topic. Thanks!!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 12/9/05 6:22PM
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On Work starts on DataPower 3:

Interesting... the PC version has been sold to Logotron and renamed. Iota have really shed a lot of their products. Shame to see a formally big player downsize so much.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 10/7/05 10:11PM
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On Cocognut freely available finally:

cocodude: " You're not taking something without permission, you're copying it. That's where the difference is. If I look at a piece of paper that you've drawn something on and take a photo of it, I haven't stolen your drawing. I've copied it without your permission."

And if that drawing was the blueprints of a new product, then you have stolen my design or concept. It doesn't matter how much spin is put on it, how much you argue over terminology, you are still taking products or, if you like, intellectual property, without permission and without paying, so in layman's terms, you are stealing.

A counter-example to your own springs to mind. ARM don't manufacture chips, they sell designs/intellectual property. Using your theory, someone could copy the latest ARM core design and use it, as in fact they are not stealing a product, but merely copying it.

A product does not have to be something you hold in your hand. Just because the product - for example a song - is not on a CD, does not mean it ceases to be a product.

Prime example. Your P2P software used to be commercial, right? As in, people had to pay for it. Now, if I had downloaded a cracked copy for nothing, since it didn't come on a physical disk, I take it you would have had no objections? Especially since I claim that "well, I already have lots of software so you can't expect me to buy all of it".

"P2P networks were around long before they were used for the illegal distribution of copyright material. Please check your facts before making sweeping statements." I think you know precisely what I meant.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 30/6/05 1:09AM
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On Cocognut freely available finally:

cocodude: "...while you seem to equate copyright infringement to stealing." Of course I do. You might define music and software and films as intellectual property, which indeed they are, but they are also products. Someone created that music and an artist and associated engineers etc spent time and money making a recording. This recording is a product that is sold, not given away and you know it. If you take something without permission or without paying for it when you should do, then it's quite straight forward... you are a thief. I learnt that when I was very young.

People who steal music and software seem to forget that it has cost money to make and that people are making a living out of it. Forget mega-rich stars, I am talking about programmers working for Adobe, engineers recording albums, little companies that will find it even more difficult to stay afloat because people are stealing instead of buying.

"...so to simply rule P2P as being built around the illegal distribution of copyright material is wrong." Hmmm, I don't think so. All the P2P networks thus far have generally been created in order to share MP3s etc. This is not to say that the technology cannot be used in a legal and useful fashion. I have no objection to the technology itself, but the current major purpose/use of it.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 29/6/05 7:43PM
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On Cocognut freely available finally:

P2P software is almost exclusively used for downloading copyrighted material. I know of no-one who uses P2P to download anything other than movies, music or porn.

cocodude: yes, if somone steals your DVD, downloading it again is wrong. If someone steals your car, you don't pop along to the garage and steal a replacement, do you?

As regards downloading MP3s of an album you already own, well there surely isn't a problem with that. However, the person making the album available is almost certainly not doing so to help RISC OS users who don't want to wait a long time to encode MP3s of an album they happen to own. The whole P2P concept is built around the illegal distribution of copyright material and it's pointless trying to put a spin on it.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/6/05 1:14PM
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On Expo 2005 rolls on without MicroDigital:

Is anyone still actually taking Microdigital seriously? It seems to me that the only serious computer developers are Castle Technology and Advantage6.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/6/05 11:37PM
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On Mac VirtualRiscPC undaunted by Apple x86 switch:

I remember applying a blur effect in Photodesk 3 on my Kinetic RiscPC. This took around an hour. One hour!!! Absolutely ludicrous (at the time, Kinetic was the top machine). For graphics work and the like, the more speed the better. Plus as has been mentioned, powerful hardware and a fun OS are what attract developers and users.

If it was feasible, porting to x86 hardware would make sound commercial sense for the desktop, as it offers RISC OS on cheap but powerful hardware. Develop one version of RISC OS for x86 desktop use and one for embedded/portable ARM-based devices.

But back to reality, I'd like to see faster ARM processors coupled with more powerful graphics hardware. Perhaps dual-processor boxes. Something powerful enough to encourage some software development, such as new bitmap editors, video editors etc.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/6/05 11:36PM
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On News in brief:

"if ROL wanted to get me to even consider spending my money on their wares they'd have to do their port to Iyonix *first*"

Agreed. The subscription thing is bad enough, but to want money and/or commitment to buy *before* they even have a product to sell is insanity. You make your product, then you sell it.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/6/05 12:59AM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

Surely, as Chris says, if Drobe has misquoted someone, they should contact the Editor privately, not in public forums. This applies to any other quibbles. Comments here are supposed to be about the actual story, not the quality of the article.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/6/05 12:48AM
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On R-Comp sneaks out VRPC graphics speed boost:

"I imagine less than the number of people who have left the RISC OS scene outright because of the complete lack of decent applications to do these things natively."

Just to add, yes, I agree with your point. In the past, the lack of decent Internet capabilities has been a real problem and no doubt lost the market droves of users. I should have said that now Peter's Firefox port should hugely reduce the problem. After all, Firefox is a real-world, multi-platform browser. Now RISC OS is on the way up for Internet capabilities, it seems absurd to encourage users away onto emulation where they will no doubt just use Windoze Firefox or Internet Exploiter instead of RISC OS ports and applications.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/05/05 01:54AM
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On R-Comp sneaks out VRPC graphics speed boost:

RISC OS generally is stable and reliable. I don't believe I claimed it was perfect, as you seem to be inferring.

"I see your crystal ball is on form. How of course you know that they'll never be a Linux or MacOS version of VRPC, or any future emulator, is anybody's guess." Can't you read? I believe I said "as it stands now". Meaning, of course, that at the moment, VirtualRPC requires Windoze to run. If it was on a minimal Linux installation, that would be better. But whatever OS it runs on, it still requires another OS, which is not really ideal... plus of course, it's running on x86 hardware for which it was not designed.

"Why duplicate effort when somebody's already gone to the trouble, and it's likely to be better than anything an independant author could produce?" Platform preference perhaps? Why buy a Mac, when the same software is available on Windoze? Personally, I'd rather be able to do things in one OS rather than switching between two or more. Therefore, if I chose RISC OS, I would prefer things to be done natively.

"I imagine less than the number of people who have left the RISC OS scene outright because of the complete lack of decent applications to do these things natively." ...he says, completely ignoring the forthcoming Firefox for RISC OS and the other goodies Peter's porting project could yield. Encouraging users to move to emulation is hardly helping plug these holes, but decreasing incentive for programmers and businesses to embark on ports and original Internet software.

"Apart from MacOS, and to a certain extent, the BBC Micro, of course. (Both systems used emulation while migrating to superior hardware.)" I look forward to the superior hardware that VRPC and/or RISCOS Ltd have in the pipeline, in that case. If they are not doing this, then I fail to say how your argument is relevant.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/05/05 01:49AM
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On R-Comp sneaks out VRPC graphics speed boost:

Andrew: I would not accept an IyonixPC, or any other computer, that behaved as you say yours does. I would take the company who sold it to the cleaners if they refused to relace it with one that worked. The straw that broke the camel's back, causing me to sell my previous RiscPC, was all the money I paid Castle to make the damn thing stable (it was built by them) and they failed impressively. As did CTA. Now, older and wiser, I would have asked Trading Standards for a little help.

None-the-less, I believe it's very valid to debate and hold an opinion on VRPC, because the fact remains that it causes *some* people who might have bought an IyonxPC to buy a Windows box. It strikes me as an atrocity to have a RISC OS computer, famed for their stability and reliability, relying on Windows to run. If you successfully crushed native desktop development, then all future RISC OS machines would then require Windows (as it stands now).

What about printing via Windoze, and using WinAMP underneath VRPC? That ties RISC OS into Windows for certain facilities, which surely starts chipping away at incentive and business potential of developing native solutions. If some bright spark develops a way to use MSN Messenger on Windoze via a shell on VRPC, then a certain company will lose sales of a certain messenging package called Grapevine... Just to give an example of why I oppose VRPC on anything other than laptops.

I wonder how many VRPC users increasingly switch to Windoze for Web browsing, Java, messaging etc...

I do see that it makes you money, Andrew, and consequently helps fund RISC OS software development, which is clearly good, but I am very uncomfortable with VRPC being pushed as superior to native kit, as it is encouraging people away from the platform and onto emulation. No OS survived as a commercial market via emulation and I think it should be used with caution, that's all.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 13/05/05 00:36AM
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On MicroDigital tout big RAM for Omega:

You're right on many points - the strength of RISC OS is in the GUI of the OS and the software, excellent support etc.

However, it is abundantly clear that whilst there is a valid argument against trying to win the MHz battle (which I don't suggest we should or could do), we do need faster speeds for real-world use of the machines - video editing, audio sequencing, graphics and DTP.

And to a certain extent we don't want to trail *too* far behind Windows and MacOS as even the most savvy of users would not buy a 600MHz IyonixPC (let alone a 233MHz RiscPC) instead of a 4GHz AMD machine (leaping ahead a few months to illustrate my point) and the general idea is to get more users in the end.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 11/07/04 09:50AM
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On STD Temporary Closure:

Andrew Hill: very dramatic of you. STD seem to be selling Windows machines and developing solutions for the RiscPC, so it's hardly going to effect the future of the market if he shut up shop and left altogether, as the future is certainly not based on Windows and superceded legacy hardware. However, he does offer many useful products for RiscPC users and indeed some that are useful for IyonixPC owners too, and it's baffling as to why he has ceased to ship all RISC OS products, as only the Windows computers include a copy of RISC OS itself. It won't harm Castle, it won't harm consumers, it will only harm STD.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 06/07/04 7:01PM
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On RISC OS 5 modernisation to cost millions:

monkeyson: nice one!!

With regards to the RISC OS GUI and comparisons to MacOS X. In my humble opinion, the MacOS X GUI is a success because it has not been designed to look like another OS GUI. That's how it has become such a leader as regards OS GUIs.

I suggest that it would therefore be a mistake to try and make RISC OS look like MacOS X.

The great strength of RISC OS is it looks great without resorting to gimmicks. And for those who claim it looks dated, I'd love to know in what way. WindowsXP looks like a Fisher Price toy and the text is appalling - it has failed to copy anything good from MacOS X. The colours are garish (hope I spelt that correctly) and the overall display an offence to the eye.

MacOS X is bright, colourful and fun, but still looks and feels professional.

RISC OS is not bright and colourful, but the text is superb, the drag-and-drop a central strength and the colours are subtle and professional (comments based on first release of RISC OS 4).

The GUI is not an issue as far as I can see. It's some missing functionality, and then a lot of that is not precisely the OS itself, but what should be bundled with it, or made available - such as a fully capable media player.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 22/06/04 7:23PM
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On Castle spills beans on ROL dispute:

imj: "Could someone shed light on what the hell they think they could actually spend all that money on ??!! 250 developers for a year? They're insane."

So if your wild guess was true, you have an objection against such development?

I've heard it all now if a so-called RISC OS fan is complaining because someone talks about spending millions on RISC OS (and no news article says Castle said they *would* spend that much, instead it's just what they think it could do with).

Look, Castle have RISC OS and hardware engineers (note: plural. There is more than one). RISC OS is better off in their hands than the hands of RISCOS Ltd, who have failed in the most fantastic manner to achieve anything that remotely comes close to pushing forward the platform.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 22/06/04 00:01AM
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On Castle spills beans on ROL dispute:

imj: so now Castle are spouting "junk". Glad you are in the know. Perhaps you would care to share with the rest of us how you came to that conclusion, based on facts you know to be true...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 21/06/04 11:57PM
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On CJE absorbs Photodesk products:

Even Ovation Pro, fantastic though it is, is starting to drop behind. There's no transparency, no layers, no CMYK PDF output. And is there EPS preview when palced in a document?

The RISC OS GUI lends itself very nicely to DTP and graphics works. Shame the software is falling behind.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 20/06/04 10:20AM
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On RISCOS Ltd. reveal development database:

Julian: what's the point of doing that now? It seems to me the IyonixPC would make a far better multimedia machine than a 10 year-old RiscPC or half-finished Ohmygod. Take into account 32bit hardware and OS, faster CPU, faster bandwidth etc etc.

I have to agree with NeilWB. ROL are now simply wasting time and money on an OS that is superceded. It's a poor show that they won't accept that the IyonixPC is the way forward and do something to help move the market forward. Admittedly, though, I can't think of what use they are now or how they can help. Castle own RISC OS, Castle have RISC OS engineers, Castle are the only company building 32bit hardware. ROL are just sort-of there, releasing rounded-buttons for people who wish to stay with RiscPCs. Money spent with ROL is not helping the market at all, it's just keeping one useless company going for a bit longer. Since the new 32bit machine is built by the people who *own* RISC OS and doesn't use ROL RISC OS, then ROL disappearing would not affect the market in any significant way - especially not the *future* of the market.

ROL messed up, Castle made the moves to secure their own and the market's future.

Sure RISC OS Select has bells and whistles (to an extent) but what use is a fancy OS on ancient 26bit, rather slow hardware? It's hardly going to win anyone over...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 08/06/04 00:33AM
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On Wakefield photos and gossip:


You claim that dgs "was basicaly saying that David Atkins wouldn't be helpful" - a fair enough comment from dgs, taking into consideration how unhelpful David Atkins has thus far proved to be. I am sure you don't require me to type out the huge list of unhelpful things he has done since the Omega was announced, working and ready to go into production, all that time ago...

The Doctor:

Maybe he has learned from his mistakes, or maybe he is in a desparate position. Who would choose the Omega now, when there is the 32bit, XScale IyonixPC that is full working and available now, from stock, or alternatively VirtualRiscPC? To make the Omega useful, he'll have to get XScale and ArmTwister going pretty soon (simple, since it was announced as ready years ago).

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 18/05/04 02:23AM
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On Wakefield photos and gossip:

For goodness sake, can't anyone accept someone else's comments? David Atkins has acted, over the course of many years, in a totally unprofessional and irresponsible fashion, in my and many other people's opinion. Delays, excuses, broken promises, damage to confidence in the market etc etc. I think dgs has every reason and every right to make comments against Microdigital/David Atkins.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 17/05/04 4:08PM
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On Adjust in hands of users:

But Linux doesn't run Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft, Sibelius, Xara stuff - with one or two exceptions due to WINE. Most people prefer software to run natively, properly, without resorting to hacks. XP Pro is actually quite nice - nowhere near as good as MacOS X - but it is stable, plug and play, and everything is available for it.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/04/04 12:31AM
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On Adjust in hands of users:

Nice to see RISC OS development continuing, but a shame to see it being continued for old, 26bit machines as opposed to new, 32bit machines (ie. IyonixPC). Despite Paul Middleton's refusal to provide a suitable OS, a 32bit, X-Scale RISC OS desktop is on the market, yet said gentleman *still* refuses to move on from 26bit. Definitely a sound businessman with a great visionary outlook on the future of the platform.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 27/04/04 9:54PM
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On X-Ample touts 32bit Impression:

This is excellent news. Two good DTP applications being developed is good for the market for many reasons:

1) User choice 2) Competition drives down prices 3) Competition drives development of new features 4) Competition provides a fall-back if one developer discontinues development of the product (ie. you can use the other one).

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 06/10/03 8:52PM
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On Select 3 online release:

A screenshot section on Drobe would be nice so that people's interesting desktops and applications in action could be uploaded for all to see.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 20/05/03 1:41PM
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