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On A call to ARMs:

As far as I'm concerned, RISC OS's last chance for *real* future progress was when Castle/Tematic were talking to other companies about STBs and the like. As I recall, there was one major deal that fell through about three years ago. As soon as that happened, that pretty much spelt the death knell for RISC OS being anything other than a slowly dwindling hobbyist platform. There is *nowhere* the platform can go from here.

Sad, but people need to realise it's true - and, to be fair, most have. The chance has gone. Which depresses me beyond belief, even though I haven't used RISC OS as my main platform for years. And whilst a lot of it is just to do with unfortunate circumstances, it's hard not to feel some bitterness towards how some of the key players in the market have behaved since 1999.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 4/2/08 3:37AM
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On A call to ARMs:

"Other than that, I'm not entirely sure what this piece is meant to say"

I got as far as "By Andrew Weston", and decided to skip down to the comments. I reckoned I was likely to get more sense out of them than the article.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/1/08 1:47PM
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On Wakefield 2007 show report:

> censoring swearing

Aw.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 28/5/07 6:08PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

Now I remember why I left RISC OS. I can now read all this and not get depressed :)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 16/01/07 6:10PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

Excellent stuff.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 10/1/07 10:52AM
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On How Arthur OS will save us all:

(nt)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 06/12/06 05:00AM
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On ROS mailing lists face closure:

Well, I run two mailing lists on my own hosting. And I'm utterly useless, so it can't be that hard ;)

Seriously, I can see it might be a problem for some people. But for companies like ROL, it's a bit silly.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 6/11/06 11:13PM
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On ROS mailing lists face closure:

I never really understood why these mailing lists weren't just hosted on companies own servers, rather than relying on outside services.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 6/11/06 5:32PM
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On HSBC embraces NetSurf and RISC OS:

Agreed. I think is is very good of them.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 27/10/06 2:52AM
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On South East 2006 show report:

Louie Smith is gorgeous.

That is all.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 22/10/06 4:43PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

The thing is, though - I'm not happy. I'm not happy with what RISC OS can do, when I can do far more on my Mac Mini.

But if Castle and ROL were co-operating, then we'd still have a chance - and perhaps the Acorn community would be more fun to hang around too. But they aren't, and it isn't. No, I mean it when I say - this is the moment when I have actually left RISC OS. This is the moment that has pushed me over the edge.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/10/06 11:52PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

> An Iyonix port is played down, with ROL prefering to "working with partners who actively want RISC OS Select features on their products."

...and that's where I completely leave the RISC OS market for good, folks.

I don't care whose fault it is. But the Castle/ROL situation is utterly, utterly stupid, and I want no more part in this ridiculous charade.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/10/06 11:07PM
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On Not enough room for two mags says Qercus ed:

I think the whole Qercus situation has done far more to damage to RISC OS than any of the things you mention, John.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 13/10/06 10:20AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Cos you need a man.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 26/09/06 9:24PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

*spies the goalposts being thrown several miles away*

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 14/09/06 3:01PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

I must say, all this is an impressive display of goalpost moving, Mr. Woodland.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 13/09/06 9:17PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

I think you'll find they certainly came up on the radar of Apple, seeing as they went into business together on two occasions - ARM, and Xemplar!

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 6:00PM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

I haven't got a problem with him not updating the site for a year - once people own a domain, they should be allowed to do what they want with it.

But the contact details stuff is inexcusable, and definitely an understandable reason why Nominet made the decision they did.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 4:19PM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

(That was in reply to Stoppers, sorry.)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 12:30PM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

Well, that's all a discussion for another time. I don't want to take this thread too off-topic - especially on something that's been debated a million times before. I'm sorry I brought it up, to be honest.

My main point is I can see why the Acorn name wasn't kept as a brand. In restrospect, perhaps it does seem a bit of a mistake - but at the time, it made perfect sense.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 12:29PM
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On New Acorn reveals PC laptop website:

The thing is, though - how *can* you sue them out of existence? What have they done that's legally - as opposed to morally - wrong?

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 11:33AM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

I think it's easy to say they missed a trick now. At the time, Acorn felt like a tarnished brand - with all the (relative!) optimism around the market at that time, people felt they wanted something *new* and exciting.

Personally, I think the whole situation with ROL/Castle missed a trick, and probably spelt doom for the platform - we needed one company developing RISC OS. But maybe that's a discussion for another time.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 11:31AM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

If it wasn't for the problem with the contact details, this would be ludicrous, worrying - in fact, downright stupid.

As it is, it's a pity that the problems with contacting Roy clouds the issue.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/9/06 9:03AM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

One thing to remember is the extensive use the BBC (and indeed other companies) made (and, indeed makes in some cases) of Acorns - in editing, onscreen graphics, you name it. I know there was a RISC PC controlling BBC THREE's output until recently (not sure if it is since they moved out of White City). That's an important piece of Acorn's history to cover.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 5/9/06 12:45PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

This is absolutely wonderful. I've often thought that someone should do a proper documentary on Acorn (and perhaps someone will one day) - but a book is equally as brilliant, and indeed could go into a lot more depth.

Best of luck with it, Richard.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 4/9/06 1:21AM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

> Why doesn't Castle give this job to someone who is interested and able to enhance BBC BASIC?

Because there are *far* more important things for programmers to spend their time on for this platform?

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 3/8/06 12:02PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

Ouch.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 1/8/06 10:43AM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

That statement in ROL's brochure shows they either have no idea at all about open source, or are desperately splashing around. Or most likely, both.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 20/07/06 6:48PM
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On Interview with a ROS Open shareholder:

> With regards to the forked OS, I personally, and with a sad reluctance, still don't see where the realistic commercial motivation comes from that will drive either Castle or ROL to devote resources to merging the diverging branches.

Surely the answer to that is: "Because the OS will die otherwise, leaving both companies in trouble"?

I'm not a major asset to the RISC OS community really - my time is spent doing other things in other communities. About the best you can say about me is that at least I bought an Iyonix. But I use Mac OS X for pretty much everything these days. And why? Because I can't see the major companies *doing* anything to bring things back together. And that makes my enthusiasm pretty much zero for the platform.

I was told in at the Guilford show a couple of years ago that RO4 and RO5 *would* merge. This has not happened. And then Castle and ROL did not explain *why* what was agreed there didn't happen - which just makes me feel I've been lied to. And if the main two companies are going to lie to me, why should I care about the platform any more?

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 19/7/06 4:51AM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:

> Why do we need to take our head out of the sand. Why ca't we simply say it's not perfect but someday ,hopefully, it will be?

Because if you do that, RISC OS *will* die.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 14/07/06 2:36PM
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On Ovation Pro on Windows overtakes RISC OS original:

I used Impression quite extensively (not in a professional printing capacity, admittedly), but as soon as I first used Ovation Pro, I switched immediately. It does far more, far easier, far more pleasantly.

It's a marvellous piece of software.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 26/1/06 11:24PM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

I think Castle should give them a call :)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 25/10/05 7:04PM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

I think the whole point about this is - *no*, we shouldn't have to do this. Not in any way whatsoever.

*But*, we'll do it... as a gesture of goodwill towards ROL, to prove that people *are* interested. Or, more cynically, to call their bluff. Look on it however you want. But it doesn't do any harm.

The ball should not be in our court. But seeing as it is, we might as well take decisive action to throw it right back in ROLs.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 9/10/05 9:03PM
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On Personalised special offers for non-Select and Adjust users:

...and, of course, most developers won't use Select features if they aren't avaliable for the Iyonix.

No blame attached here - but nonetheless a fact.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 6/10/05 10:02PM
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On 'Community' newsgroup proposed for RISC OS users:

"As for alt.archimedes.bugs.... the archimedes is well and truely ancient RISC OS history and the name bugs does not reflect any community spirit."

I'd actually quite like it. As much as anything else, it's just a fun name. And it appeals to my sense of humour. And I like ancient RISC OS history.

But then I'm odd like that. I'm sure most people would prefer alt.riscos.community.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 5/8/05 6:51PM
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On MicroDigital incommunicado:

The sad thing is, if MD hadn't a) behaved so ridiculously childishly, and b) actually *talked* to the press properly, all this might not have happened at all. I know a lot of people never went near them because of both those reasons.

I think even *I* could run a company more professionally. And that's saying something.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 26/7/05 11:33PM
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On News in brief:

druck: Sadly not. But even if she did, I'm afraid I'd have her as well ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 30/6/05 4:06PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

(So yes, fair enough, the other point is irrelevant. I just try and crowbar it in anywhere I can, to be honest ;))

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 5:49PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

"If you mean that this article does not affect the RISC OS developer community, then you are sadly incorrect. "

Read what I said above. "It's still stuff that affects RISC OS".

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 5:44PM
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On News in brief:

I think you'll find she has more than enough ammunition anyway without spending over a grand ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 12:17AM
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On News in brief:

"Symbolically the last orders for RISC OS 4.02 were received from Castle Technology and a Mr Anonymous, who didn't want his girlfriend to know that he has continued to upgrade his Risc PC despite her protests that he should buy a PC instead."

Bloody hell. I'm glad I've got a girlfriend who practically *insisted* I got an Iyonix :-p

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 12:00AM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

True, but when you've got a site that you run in your free time, part of it is going to reflect your own personal interests. I suspect that's partly what this article is doing.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 28/6/05 3:47PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

a) It's still stuff that affects RISC OS.

b) Even if it *was* irrelevant, which it isn't, then I don't see the problem with including it anyway. (See [link] for a blog post I did about this.)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 27/6/05 11:00PM
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On Iyonix Select yet to show 'commercial viability':

This pledge stuff makes a lot more sense. I'm happy now.

But the question has to be asked - why couldn't ROL have released a statement to this effect before now? Even *I'm* better at communication than ROL!

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 23/6/05 7:46PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

You've hit the nail on the head there, bengershon.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/6/05 9:11PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

"As both CTL and ROL did not want to make any comments, what have we to hear?"

A nice summing up of the current situation that some people didn't know about, and clarifies a few points for many others?

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/6/05 7:08AM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

"While there's no point dragging names through the dirt, there is value in not sweeping the issue under the carpet completely. It still needs fixing."

What I tried to say but far better, there.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 17/6/05 6:18PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

I'm certainly not denying lots of lovely and useful stuff has been developed in the last year. But "all companies do it" isn't a valid excuse for people having been mislead. Although frankly, it was obvious at the time in the Q+A session that nobody was entirely convinced, so I shouldn't be surprised. The forked nature of RISC OS is a big worry, despite the huge advances that have been made.

Of course, concentrating entirely on the negative is very bad and wrong as well, of course. There's lots of stuff to be excited about :)

Anyway, my main point is (that you agree with) that this Drobe article is a valid one to write and publish.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 17/6/05 6:16PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

> However I do not see any reason to return to what transpired last year. Move on.

When RISC OS is unforked, and Castle and ROL work together for the future of RISC OS, as was stated would happen at Guilford, *then* I will move on. As what was said would happen hasn't happened, then the subject is a valid piece for a news article. More than valid - it's a very responsible piece.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 17/6/05 5:16PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

"Was there really a point in returning to this dispute of last year?"

But it *isn't* last year's dispute. It's continued up until the present day!

I think the article is a very valid piece. An article giving the current situation is totally justified - even it if is simply a summing up piece.

I personally feel I was lied to at Guildford.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 17/6/05 4:47PM
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On Riscos.org switches to weblog format:

Gah. I should know not to bother trying to get one over you :)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 12/6/05 4:02PM
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On Riscos.org switches to weblog format:

Where's [link] gone, anyway? ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 12/6/05 3:39PM
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On United at long last:

The thought occurs that I have neglected to say woot to this news.

"Woot."

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/07/04 11:14AM
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On New RISC OS news site opens:

I still don't quite see why the comparison with Dwarf sites isn't relevant, though (nor do I understand the static comment). Whether it's RISC OS or Dwarf, a discussion about out-of-date sites is relevant to any subject. I kind of agree that sites should be updated; but I just can't find it in me to worry about those that are not, is my position. Just making sure that decent information is out there is the main priority; which we both do, of course.

Anyway, this is getting silly, so have your say and then we'll forget about it :)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 02/01/04 7:03PM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

This article and the comments have given me the biggest laugh in ages, I'm afraid.

Actually, I probably deserve to lose my blue star for that unhelpful comment.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 12/11/03 10:11AM
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On Virtual License:

No more, if anyone is vaguely sensible.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 03/09/03 4:33PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Oh, I meant to thank you as well, Annraoi :)

Yes, I'm extremely surprised. To be honest, it makes me far less anti-Flash.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 5:23PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

I now feel extremely silly.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 4:58PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Well, I couldn't be arsed looking ;)

Having now had a look, however, I can't find the specs for Flash 6/MX anywhere online at all. Hmmmm.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 4:46PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Yes. I agree. Just scrub everything else I said; it's really the last paragraph of my last post is what I'm really getting at - I assumed that as well as someone actually having to put the work in, it was the money needed to be paid to Macromedia for access to the specs that was part of the problem. This would appear not to be true, and it's just the workload involved that means it hasn't been done yet.

I wish I could actually write comments properly :|

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 4:29PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Chocky: I take your point ;)

However, that's not really what I'm getting at. There's already a RISC OS plug-in for earlier versions of Flash - if the spec to the latest versions is easily avaliable, I would have expected a newer version to appear.

I'm actually impressed if the spec is downloadable, as I assumed it was completely closed-off, which is why we didn't have a newer version - I thought you had to pay for it. I await being told I'm completely wrong :)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 3:40PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Hmmmm. If you can download the Flash spec easily (I'm talking about the latest versions here, not 4), then why isn't there an open source Linux version that has been ported to RISC OS?

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 09/08/03 11:07AM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

(And no, it's not just because she's my girlfriend; quite a lot of people are extremely interested in RISC OS when you *show* them it...)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 19/07/03 11:21PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Incidentally, it's just not true that people aren't going to switch from Windows to RISC OS. My girlfriend is a case in point; she's extremely interested, and she knows the price tag.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 19/07/03 10:35PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Let's face it - RISC OS *isn't* a great deal, financially, compared to other operating systems. Both on the OS, hardware, and software.

But we use it because we gain so much more productivity wise...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 19/07/03 5:52PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

It's a shame there wasn't far more cross-pollination betweem ROL and Pace's version of RISC OS; no doubt there are reasons for this that I'm not privy to, though.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 05/07/03 2:29PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

Thanks for that Peter - I can certainly understand Ian's position a lot more now. Certainly, he's done rather more for RISC OS than me, so I'll shut my face ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 05/07/03 2:26PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

I have to say I agree with Steffen. I've asked Ian myself to explain his comments, and not in a negative way - I'm genuinely interested in his reasons. But he's never answered my questions so far, and I don't understand any of the reasons he's put forward in this thread.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 05/07/03 01:37AM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

:):):) *boing* :):):)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 05/07/03 01:02AM
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On Vantage 1.10 finally released:

arenaman: [link]

It all makes sense to me; but as I say, it wouldn't work for RISC OS software. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than me will come along and point out all the problems with it, too; I'm not an open-source zealot.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/06/03 10:34PM
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On The Press sucks says MicroDigital:

Argh.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 25/06/03 7:37PM
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On The Press sucks says MicroDigital:

> MD ought to come clean. They would get far more understanding and sympathy that way.

Indeed. I absolutely agree. But they aren't doing so - instead, they're lashing out. Until they stop this, I just can't "Give MD a chance". They've had too many from me already, and until they show a bit of good faith, they'll get no more.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 24/06/03 11:36PM
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