"... And, of course, 100 people did get together on a pledge bank, but it was quite ruthlessly ignored. " Well, I must admit that I am not surprised that ROL now claims 130 to be not enough... As I already stated they could simply offer quite a few select features to IYONIX but refuse that despite that being possible with much less effort and hassle opposed to a full OS and thus probably quiker money and a better cost/income ratio.
"... Is it, as I suspect, because CTL just isn't interested in the enthusiasts' market any more? And if this is true, then I hope CTL might realise the damage of their actions." Well what about the damage ROL did with their behaviour: As time passed by the initial milestones and offerings were reduced, select releases delayed more and more but desipite all that the expectation that users keep paying year by year and even blackmail be claiming that if subscribers refuse to re-subscribe they would have to stop. Simply put in the long run you didn't even get 30% of what you initially signed up and paid for (assuming you kept subscribing). And then that "we need 100 IYONIX pledges" which came by but to what end?
From my point of view this is not a serious business behaviour... and thus unless ROL does really offer something of use to me which is there to take away I won't part with money - their track record makes it impossible for me to believe the offerings.