Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Dec 2008 22:07 UTC, submitted by teigetje
RISC OS Always wanted to try out RISC OS, but were you set back by the fact that you had to buy a new computer? RISCOS Ltd. has released a very cheap ROM image of RISC OS 4.02 which you can use in a free emulator like RPCemu. At only 5 GBP, this image, dubbed "Virtually Free" by the company, is the easiest way of trying out RISC OS. "RISC OS "Virtually Free" is a fully licensed complete package. It consists of a single 4 MB zip file containing a RISC OS 4.02 ROM image with the !Boot structure and other necessary applications and utilities. It is designed to be unzipped and installed in the emulator itself with most of the work being done from within the host environment." It will be available from RISCOS Ltd.'s sales page starting December 8.
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steogede2
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2007-08-17

The difference that I see is that Cloanto have (as you say) been doing a good business selling Amiga ROMs - i.e. the market is large enough and the price high enough, for them to actually make a profit from selling it. I don't see that with the size of the market they can possible make a profit selling it for £5, I don't imagine it covers the extra expense involved in selling it (it'd be a lot simpler (and cheaper) to give it away).

Perhaps it is the way the way it has been worded 'Virtually Free'. IMO it comes across quite negative, virtually free has very few of the benefits of actually free. It implies that if they try the tiniest bit harder, they could have made it actually free. 'Incredibly low priced' is a much more positive phrase which has a much nicer impact (though not enough to encourage me to buy it, but then I have no interest). Perhaps it was meant to be some sort of a pun, given that it is only licenced for use on an emulator.

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