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The Iyonix has indeed been discontinued. Simplified a bit it was
overtaken by a change in regulations which meant that though the
existing stock could be sold no more could be made. Castle did consider
developing a Mark 2 Iyonix but came to the, perhaps inevitable,
conclusion that it could not be cost effective.
The only new RISC OS hardware is the A9home which sadly has an OS that
has been stuck in beta for the last three years.
That is fine the preferred host would be WindowsXP. VRPC does work with
Vista subject to some provisos. See :-
The Mac mini would be sufficient but there is unfortunately a huge snag
at the moment. VRPC is difficult to start following an upgrade to Mac OS
X 10.5.7, it can take up to twenty reboots to get it going. It is a
shame as VRPC was rather good on my iMac.
It is worth comparing prices of Mac minis and the A9home :-
As already suggested second hand is worth a thought :-
I hope this helps.