Acorn dealer dumps Acorn deal

Tower Electronics says company's actions "despicable"

A loyal Acorn dealer has turned his back on the platform despite the fact he claims that it completely outperforms Wintel. Tom Waller, proprietor of Tower Electronics in Aberdeenshire, said he would no longer sell Acorn spares or upgrades. He will pass on any enquiries he has to remaining UK Acorn dealers. Waller, who in the past has been more than vociferous about the touted superiority of Acorn and the RiscOS software, said: "I will honour remaining warranty obligations... but will not take on any new Acorn system sales both for hardware and software unless a dramatic change in the way things seem to be going is evident." "I'm very sad," he added. "They've kicked their dealers in the teeth. Their behaviour is really despicable. I'd reverse my decision tomorrow if Acorn pulled its finger out." He said that Acorn dealers were not even consulted about the cancellation of RiscOS, which many of them discovered by reading about in the press. "The [Acorn] Web site hasn't even been updated because they sacked the engineer who maintained it," he said. He will now sell value-added PCs, but said that he still considers Acorn hardware and RiscOS software as vastly superior to Wintel kit. ® Click for more stories Click for story index

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