As far as I'm concerned, RISC OS's last chance for *real* future progress was when Castle/Tematic were talking to other companies about STBs and the like. As I recall, there was one major deal that fell through about three years ago. As soon as that happened, that pretty much spelt the death knell for RISC OS being anything other than a slowly dwindling hobbyist platform. There is *nowhere* the platform can go from here.
Sad, but people need to realise it's true - and, to be fair, most have. The chance has gone. Which depresses me beyond belief, even though I haven't used RISC OS as my main platform for years. And whilst a lot of it is just to do with unfortunate circumstances, it's hard not to feel some bitterness towards how some of the key players in the market have behaved since 1999.