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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Oh, and for the record, I didn't buy my A7k+ in 1997. It was relatively recently purchased. Oddly enough, I bought it because I'm a developer, an enthusiast, and have an interest in RISC OS, the platform, and its future development. I first saw the Archimedes several (well, quite a few now) years ago, but haven't been in a position to buy a machine of my own until recently - though I've been following developments for a while now.

I'm not going to claim I've "switched" to RISC OS, though there's a lot I like about it and an awful lot I can, and have been using it for. I am, however, someone who's recently bought into the platform to find it has a community that doesn't respond at all well to criticism of the OS, justified or otherwise.

 is a RISC OS Usermckinlay on 19/07/03 10:28PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Not at all.

I've read the articles, and I've not seen what's worth the hefty price tag.

Nobody cares what I think? Oddly enough, I couldn't give a monkeys, though I DO think that perhaps by some strange fluke of quantum mechanics I might have point, and that other people happened to agree, then ROL and CTL *would* listen.

Given the fact that plenty of people have been waxing lyrical about drawing users from other platforms, I raised the not unreasonable point that realistically, that's not going to happen while the prices are where they are.

So tell me, why *aren't* you complaining about the fact that the OS -still- doesn't have any memory protection? Or pre-emptive multitasking? These sorts of fundamental features obviously affect you, and you'd benefit from them, so why not be vocal about them? Given that Drobe is one of the more well-known RISC OS-related news and discussion sites in existence, the chances are that ROL and CTL *would* take notice of a reasonable proportion of people asking for what these days are considered to be basic features.

You might've only read whinging from my comments, but from yours I got "yeah, there's only a few thousand RISC OS users out there, and there's a whole bunch of reasons why, but being vocal about it is just a waste of time because neither ROL, CTL, or Drobe for that matter, care if users have fairly legitimate criticism."

 is a RISC OS Usermckinlay on 19/07/03 10:11PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

You seem to have missed what I'm saying - given the recent discussions about people switching from Windows to RISC OS, why is anybody *really* going to switch when it costs several times more than Windows to keep up to date? Idealism is all very nice, and a larger RISC OS user base would be great, but realistically, it's not going to happen unless a lot of rather financially-advantaged people suddenly take an interest.

 is a RISC OS Usermckinlay on 19/07/03 9:14PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Too right. The new hardware is overpriced, but sadly that's unavoidable. For me to upgrade from RO3.71 to RO4 with Select would cost me 299. Even the Windows XP upgrade price is less than that! Plus, if I want any bugfixes after the first year, I need to pay around 150. Windows is considered expensive, I'm rapidly discovering that RISC OS is extortinate in comparison - no amount of wooing tatics and Alpha portables are going to change that.

 is a RISC OS Usermckinlay on 19/07/03 8:27PM
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