I'm not missing the point, and that's why I raised the point about hardware independence as opposed to 32bit OS - the comment about the C tools was to show that, while Paul has the right idea here, it's unfortunate that there are other problems concerning the toolset.
Evolution is running - IIRC it was demoed way back at Wakefield 99 (I saw it - just not sure about the year). At the time Simtec said the issues were to do with getting RISC OS to run on non VIDC/IOMD chipsets NOT 32bit as they weren't aiming for it then and, rightly so, they also said they'd be happy to provide the drivers if RISC OS Ltd provided the necessary abstractions in the OS. When I last spoke to Roy Heslop (wakefield 2001) he was very open about it - the original Evolution hardware has been gathering dust for a long time. Actually I got the impression, although Roy didn't explicitly say so, that RiscStation had a fairly long shelf of goodies gathering dust.
I propose the following. One of the magazines arranges to get ROS Ltd, RiscStation, Castle and MD all in the same room. In advance the magazine takes questions from the public, get them to answer them face to face (very important that) and write it up. While this could make an interesting article I suspect that, judging by comments I heard at Wakefield 2001 (although things may have changed), they either won't talk openly or they'll all hide behind NDA. It is this feeling which is destroying the confidence about the market held by myself and other people.