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Old 24 June 2017, 02:07   #110
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Originally Posted by idrougge View Post
Yeah, look at how the Acorn Archimedes/RiscPC survived…
Acorn was a business success. The owners (which changed) and management chose to diversify into more profitable business segments and drop less profitable ones (the PC market is cyclical and they were caught in a downturn in the economy). This is a pattern for a growth company where you grow as fast as possible and sell pieces when there is a good opportunity. They could have kept their divisions, diversified and focused on cash flow thus becoming a conglomerate rewarding their investors with dividends instead (it is still necessary to cull dinosaur divisions). Acorn chose the growth business method which is often less kind to customers and employees but they did a super job of innovating, finding new markets and increasing shareholder value. Creating the ARM processor took great vision and was not easy to do at that time. The resulting ARM Holdings rewarded Acorn investors immensely as they went into the embedded market. I don't know if ARM Holdings had access to RISC OS but it is not as suitable for RTOS as the AmigaOS which has preemptive multitasking and a smaller footprint. ARM eventually obtained their own RTOS called RTX.

Check out the features of RTX and then compare them to AmigaOS and RISC OS. The AmigaOS resembles a modern RTOS more than it does a modern desktop OS. RISC OS has some advantages which are great for embedded use also like open sources, modularity, fast boot and fast, affordable and energy efficient new hardware (with ARM CPU still). I expect RISC OS is being used more for embedded applications than the AmigaOS is right now with the current owners hiding it away.
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