I disagree with the statement that ROL are looking backwards but I do wonder what the strategy is (or if they actually have one).
Once upon a time ROL looked at RISC OS on Netbook, a project that never eventuated for many reasons. Since then a huge amount of work has been done to make RISC OS more portable buy abstracting hardware dependences. They also have a much better understanding of what is required now than they did back in the RON days.
As I see it the only real options for ROL are:
- continue to sell to the shrinking RISC PC / A7000 user base
- produce versions for the A9home (easier) and then Iyonix (harder)
- hope people continue to buy emulators
- target ARM hardware from other manufactures
The major issue with the last option is that they need to pick a device that will stay in production long enough for them to port RISC OS to the hardware and will appeal to people who are likely to buy one so they can run RISC OS on it. Obviously this costs money and is probably quite risky.
It looks like ROL have put many of the things in place that are required to run RISC OS on other hardware but resourcing, slow development, finding appropriate hardware and alternative operating systems are obstacles that ROL must deal with.