JamesH and Prometheus. Thanks for your patience with me.
Let me say that I am very keen to see this succeed, I will certainly be purchasing one as soon as possible. I have, however, some concerns and hope that my fears can be put to rest.
Apps within RISC OS include: Draw, Edit, Paint, Maestro, SparkFS (ZIP file unpacker), UnTar, Printer driver app, Artworks viewer, PDF viewer, BBC BASIC as well as a few games. All within 20MB including the OS.
All of these applications as well as a word processor, spreadsheet, browser loaded use some 6-12MB of memory, That is less than 40MB; it would easily fit into a Model A. Remember on the RasPi the memory is shared between OS and video. I believe the video takes some 64MB, leaving only 64MB on Model A and 192MB on Model B.
Here is a snapshot of RISC OS running a large number of applications at once, the main window is showing the amount of memory used (total is around 12MB). There is also a 4MB RAM disc operating. All of this would easily fit onto a Raspberry Model A.
I have only used Xfce within Xubuntu and apparently it was using about 190MB. I have been told, however, that it will run in about 128MB. This doesn't leave a lot for other applications. I trust enough for Python etc.
What you are saying is RiscOS and its apps uses less memory. I understand that, and because of that it will run well on the Raspi, I also understand that. There are a number of apps available. Great.
Still never seen one in use in industry.
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