Any and all comments below are based purely on observations/interpretations (ie. I probably don't know what I'm talking about )
Whilst I am (like many) worried by this turn of events, I can't help be excited by it (to some degree), any offers on the mini-series rights? Considering that both VA and STD have frozen product deliveries, could one guess (in a murder mystery sense) that the crux of problem lies in the OS/OS licensing - in agreeement with martin, have CTL decided to make a stand? Surely ROL's license agreement is the only thing the 2 have in common. Be nice if the source of the problem was outside the RO marketplace, I think we have too much scwabbling (just how the hell does one spell it?? ), in this case perhaps we could be positive and consider that some 3rd party considers the RO marketplace important enough to notice - hardly a bad thing!
If the 'gripe' is between CTL and ROL, then perhaps it is time for ROL bow out gracefully - whilst I accept that sterling work has come out of them, it's taken time - a lot of time! Was it over 5 years ago that ROL aquired a development license? Whilst many of the amendments have been useful (and a few vital) - does RO 4.39 really look like 5 years worth of development from 4.0? And not to start a slanging match about ROL's office policies, but I recall at the start of Select the intention to use Select for people to get the newest version straight away, with upgrades filtering down to the standard OS 4 version - aside from last's month release of Adjust, this is one more thing that hasn't happen, CTL are showing signs of being much more able in the business area of things, and with CTL opening new offices in Cambridge, repositioning themselves as sole RISC OS desktop developers (assuming the theory of the legal ramblings given to be true), building real RISC OS machines - almost harkers back to olden days, something which I (and maybe not all, but certainly some other users) would not see as a bad thing - 5 years in Acorn's calendar took us from (roughly) the A5000 to the SA RPC - now that was progress!
Anyway, I'll stop rambling myself now - needless to say I sincerely hopes the situation is resolved soon, and in the interests of the users/marketplace - and will continue to watch developments and Drobe News 24 - it's certainly more exciting than Big Brother!