Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Dec 2006 08:14 UTC, submitted by teigetje
RISC OS "Gosh! I didn't realize how much discussion my original article would create. A lot of people seemed to accuse me of living in cloud cuckoo land, whereas a lot more agreed with me. I think those who disagreed have either never used RISC OS or just liked a good rant! In either case, I feel compelled to write a short follow up article clarifying some of the points I made in the original article - all of which were perfectly valid." Read the follow up article.
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This is getting ridiculous.
by signals on Thu 14th Dec 2006 14:15 UTC
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I have to admit, I had never even heard of RISC OS before I started reading OSNews. I had heard of Acorn computers before, but I have never seen one in person. I was only vaguely aware that ARM meant Acorn RISC Machine. This is probably because I am American, and I do not think Acorn ever sold their wares in the states.

Anyway, I was a die-hard Amiga fan from 1987 when I bought my first Amiga, to replace my C64, until the mid 90s when I finally stopped using my Amiga 3000 and switched to Linux full-time. I followed the Amiga "phoenix" projects closely for a while, always hoping that the Amiga would make a comeback. I've always had fond memories of the Amiga, but I moved on, all the same.

I think it's probably about time that the RISC OS users (all 3000 of them) do the same. If you want to use your almost-orphaned system as your primary computing platform, go right ahead. But, please stop posting articles about how your OS is superior to everyone else's. You are just wasting your time writing them.

Even if the platform is the greatest thing since sliced bread and the GUI is the most efficient piece of software engineering ever devised, you are not going to convince anyone who is not currently running RISC OS to switch to a platform with a miniscule user base, very little software, and no name recognition to speak of outside the UK.

Deep down, I really wish the Amiga had succeeded. I really wish that people would get behind the AROS project. I really wish Microsoft was the one who went under and it was now a battle between Mac, Linux, and Amiga. But, I don't think that posting rants about how great the Amiga was is going to sway anyone to jump from their current (properly supported) platform and go back to an Amiga or even one of the newer Amiga-like platforms.

I think the same applies to RISC OS. The time that RISC OS could have been a mainstream OS has long passed. You can rant all you like about how great it was/is, but with only 3000 users (How many are actualy software developers?) and a lack of modern software and hardware support (codecs, iPods, etc.), how can you expect to convince anyone to come over to your side?

So, please. Use your machine and be happy. But, stop wasting your time writing articles about how great it is and how awful Windows/Mac/Linux are. (Although I tend to agree about Windows. ;-)

Edited 2006-12-14 14:19

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