I really like the sentence "From our point of view the lack of new features in RISC OS 5 since its launch four years ago speaks volumes.". While this is basically true I think there are a few things not taken into account here:
1. This kind of remark by a company collecting subscription fees from their subscribers for years but not delivering the promised results in time or with a reasonable delay but with a very significant delay but no sensible reimbursement ... and then to top things a new OS with only very little new features for their main customer base (32bitting is worth nil for the Risc PC users) ...
2. Currently there is not much as for the OS in RO6 that would make me want to part with much money to get it. New features are not enough to get me to part with money - for that the features must be worth the price. Not that there is not quite a bit in RO6 that is not in RO5 but for me to part with money the featureset has to be worth the price.
3. I guess that quite a few IYONIX users simply asked ROL the odd time to simply deliver the odd Select feature - no need for a full OS in 32 bit since we have that already. E.g. the ehanced Paint and Draw app etc. should be not problem - if they are then that suggests the question of how other even more versatile apps like Photodesk and ArtWorks run.
4. And the "committed partners" opposed to Castle. ROL, do not forget that Ad6 and VA need your OS for their hardware and thus you work together. But CTL has no need for Select - you are the one wanting to sell Select to IYONIX users, not CTL. Thus this one is completely in your ball park. CTL doesn't need your OS since they have one up and running and 32 bit too.