This is a good drobe feature. It's obvious emulation is bad for overall RISC OS development.
New users are going to suddenyl switch to RISC OS because there's an emulator? VPC is going to wind up splashed across the PC press as an interesting alternative OS? Yes, as if.
The article is right to suggest STD have made loads of important products for the market - as have RCOMP. But let's not basket-weave silly arguments that STD/RCOMP are doing anything other than attacking genuine hardware sales for a potential easy buck.
Likewise, ROS LTD. Yes they stopped (some of) the rot when Acorn got ripped up by Boland, but for the last couple of years they've done their fiar share of underminging the market by denying any need for supporting new ARMs, making new hardware dependent on emulating ancient Acorn chips, and instead adding a few PD-like enhancements to the 26bit Acorn-era OS.
If this is all there was, the market have to like it or lump it, but it's not. Castle, I guess completely frustrated with ROS LTD, have taken the bull by the horns and achieved a lot with the OS in the space of a year. It's also clear PACE did far more with the OS than ROS LTD, even if they weren't targeting desktops. I think it's pretty obvious who is the future of RISC OS and who deserves our support.