diomus: "You know full well that ROL were negotiating for a new licence to develop and sell RISC OS 4"
When? And why? Why should I "know full well" about it? Which particular whisper campaign would I need to be following in order to know that?
"If a competitor is demanding your source code, do you carry on working and hope for the best?"
Are you suggesting that your sources involved with RISCOS Ltd have told you that they stopped doing programming work when it was suggested that ownership of the head license included access to the source code?
"It's annoying this has to be dredged up again".
Sorry, but it was you that just dredged it up in your comment just above!