One of the reasons I believe ROOL don't want to open up Risc OS to non-ARM platforms is that ultimately ROOL/Castle know there is no money in the Risc OS desktop market, and subsequently would rather see effort focused on enhancing Risc OS rather than porting to another platform.
ROOL/Castle are only interested in the embedded/STB market where there is as of yet, no defined standard OS/platform, and where they have a chance of making some money.
Unfortunately, we desktop users just want Risc OS running on hi-spec system, and it seems that the most likely way of this happening would be to port to x86.
Although as a Risc OS user I would love to see Risc OS running on multi-Ghz hardware, the chance of that happening any time soon is very slim. Maybe when some mass market manufacturer releases a piece of hardware using the new Cortex ARM processor it will be a reality, but we shall have to wait and see.
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