danpeirce wrote:Also, there is a huge world wide and still growing community supporting Linux and there has been for a long time.
I can not argue that.
Though do you remember Linux as it was in he ealy 1990s? Very obscure and off to the side.
Even though RISC OS is older than Linux, it has never before got much exposure outside of the UK. Now RISC OS is just beginning to get that exposure, this puts todays RISC OS in the same boat as the Linux of the early 1990s.
THOUGH: RISC OS has a huge head start, most Operating Systems that are just beggining to get exposure have almost no applications available for them. RISC OS on the other hand already has a huge library of software thanks to twenty-five years of development by those that use RISC OS. And RISC OS has the advantages that I previousely stated.
We can not know what the end result will be. Maybe it will become a quite common OS, maybe it will fade out, maybe it will stay lean and fast even if it gains wide spread use, or maybe it will go the way of Linux & Amiga OS and become bloated with out reason. We will have to see, I would love to see it become a reasonably common place OS and staying well written with good lean programms and modules.
Remember that in the mid 1990s the x86 CPU was the most used seris of CPUs in the world, no one would have believed that they would be displaced, now the ARM is way more common than any one could ever have dreampt, all in only 15years. Yet so many do not think that the OS that was developed along side of the ARM CPU, and desined for the ARM CPU should be given its fair shot?
It will take time to get the applications for RISC OS up to par with what is expected, though we have the opertunity to do this with out introducing unwanted and unneeded bloat. I do not think that any one would argue that RISC OS needs a bit of work, tough as it becomes better known this work is getting done more and more.