The RISC OS community I referred to (I must admit it was a little tongue-in-cheek) was in fact more the user community than the RISC OS market as a whole. I feel no obligation to be nice to anyone who sells things in the RISC OS market purely because I use RISC OS, and I do not see how forming an opinion based on the public conduct of a company is equivalent to stabbing them in the back.
I have nothing but admiration for MD's attempt to make a new computer on which to run RISC OS, but that does not extend to admiring everything they have done or are doing along the way, and I will reserve judgement on the end result until it is released.
The contribution MD has directly made to the market in the last three years is minimal, in my opinion. The contribution they may make when the Omega is released is another matter entirely. Talking about a machine for three years and then releasing it is *not* a measurably greater contribution than turning up after three years with a complete machine.
I also admire Castle's production of a new machine. This doesn't extend to me thinking that everything Castle has done along the way is admirable.
As to the market being split into two camps, surely that would be a natural consequence of there being two hardware manufacturers - and technically wouldn't that make the second company to market the one splitting it?