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How low can they go?

Posted by fwibbler on 16:29, 14/11/2002 | ,
 
Quite a bit lower it seems. RISC OS Ltd have reduced the price of RISC OS 4 yet again!
Their press release is as follows;-
Following the securing of further OTP ROM supplies RISCOS Ltd is pleased to announce
a new permanently low price for RISC OS 4 upgrades.

With immediate effect the full RISC OS 4 ROM pack is now available for 85
including VAT. For users who want to upgrade more than one machine a set
of ROMs only is available for 75 including VAT.

Discounts are available for Dealers, Authorised Installers and User Groups
who place orders in bulk.

Orders may be placed by Cheque or Credit Card by Post to:-

RISCOS Ltd
3 Clarendon Road
Cardiff
CF23 9JD
Tel 02920 492324
Fax 02920 492326
sales@riscos.com

This latest price drop represents great value for money for those who've not yet upgraded, so open your wallets and release the moths!

Source: RISC OS Ltd
 

  How low can they go?
  Hertzsprung (16:41 14/11/2002)
  Phlamethrower (17:40 14/11/2002)
    Phlamethrower (21:46 14/11/2002)
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                      moss (21:46 20/11/2002)
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                          Rob Kendrick (15:42 21/11/2002)
                            Gulli (20:34 21/11/2002)
                              guestx (11:21 22/11/2002)
 
James Shaw Message #91441, posted by Hertzsprung at 16:41, 14/11/2002
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Do you think this is in response to the news of RISC OS 5 on the Iyonix?
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Jeffrey Lee Message #91442, posted by Phlamethrower at 17:40, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91441
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Perhaps, but working with castle to produce RISC OS 4/5 Select would probably help them more. Apart from all the gnarly licenseing issues though :(
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Jeffrey Lee Message #91443, posted by Phlamethrower at 21:46, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91442
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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Bleh, first TIB goes down and now the forums are broke :(
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Jeffrey Lee Message #91444, posted by Phlamethrower at 21:50, 14/11/2002, in reply to message #91443
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Yay! Working again!
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Phil Mellor Message #91445, posted by monkeyson2 at 16:46, 18/11/2002, in reply to message #91444
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Are they putting RO4 or Select into these ROMs?
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Andrew Sidwell Message #91446, posted by takkaria at 17:09, 18/11/2002, in reply to message #91445
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RISC OS 4. Read the article.

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Phil Mellor Message #91447, posted by monkeyson2 at 10:15, 19/11/2002, in reply to message #91446
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Well, I know, but I was trying to start a discussion. The point is that vanilla RO4 is what, three years old now, and RISC OS Ltd are burning it into more chips when there is a newer version of the OS available? I thought the Select scheme was partly a cunning way of getting rid of the RO4 chip stocks - surely they should ship Select (1) now? Or provide the option to get it in ROM?
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thegman Message #91448, posted at 12:54, 19/11/2002, in reply to message #91447
Unregistered user I agree, to ship an old version of an OS as a way to sell Select is pretty lame, however if you compare the price of RISC OS 4 to a brand new copy of Mac OS X or WinXP, RO4 is actually a pretty good deal anyway. Also, ROL have to make a buck somewhere, and with RO5 on the way, revenues are going to be slim for anyone trying to shift RO4, and I doubt Select on RO5 will do well (if it appears), after shelling out what will likely be £1000+ on an Iyonix, more on a monitor to do the graphics justice, not many people will be gasping to spend another £100 getting what amounts to a 'Plus Pack'.
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Andrew Poole Message #91449, posted by andypoole at 14:22, 19/11/2002, in reply to message #91448
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If they already own a select subscription from a RiscPC or whatever, surely they could just swap it over to an Iyonix?
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GuestX Message #91450, posted by guestx at 16:32, 19/11/2002, in reply to message #91449
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The wonders of proprietary software combined with the joys of 'rsing around inside your computer's case!
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waveydaveclare Message #91451, posted at 18:15, 20/11/2002, in reply to message #91450
Unregistered user Bargain for a largely 2 year old OS. Just try and hold me back from buying it, so I can be roped into a subscription scheme for future minor upgrades!

Flogging... Horse... Dead...

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John Hoare Message #91452, posted by moss at 21:46, 20/11/2002, in reply to message #91451

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Just out of interest, are either of you more hopeful about RO5?
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GuestX Message #91453, posted by guestx at 11:45, 21/11/2002, in reply to message #91452
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I'd be more interested to know if anyone has Linux running on Iyonix. Actually, that could have been the first operating system they had running.

RISC OS 5 could have been great in 1995, but it's not entirely compelling now, is it?

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Rob Kendrick Message #91454, posted at 15:42, 21/11/2002, in reply to message #91453
Unregistered user Not a lot of point trying to get Linux going on it - Linux already runs just fine on most XScale and ARM dev boards. Not to mention getting much more boom for your buck by running Linux on pretty much any other CPU you could shake a stick at.
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Gunnlaugur Jonsson Message #91455, posted by Gulli at 20:34, 21/11/2002, in reply to message #91454
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Why on earth would you want to buy an Iyonix to run Linux on it??? Seems like spending a lot of money just to run an OS available on other much cheaper and more powerful hardware?!?!

Iyonix should be good for running RISC OS but Linux - get a i386 compatible for probably half the price.

To stay on topic for just a while: If RO Ltd. is still going to be putting RO 4.0x on the ROMS maybe people should wait to see if Castle will be offering RO 5 as an upgrade.

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GuestX Message #91456, posted by guestx at 11:21, 22/11/2002, in reply to message #91455
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Well, there's clearly little point in buying an Iyonix given the price/performance of available x86-compatible hardware, but surely there would be some "hack value" involved in running Linux on it, and the availability of Linux would at least give RISC OS users a possible upgrade path to a real operating system. ;-)
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