Perhaps Chris should've considered that the other main subject matter, next to Open Sourcing ROS, is how to revive it for the desktop - which is, ofcourse, where most of us care about it. Open Sourcing ROS could be a realistic way of achieving that.
It seems fairly obvious to me that, at its current path, ROS will end up as an OS for embedded purposes, with perhaps the occassional development spin-off for the desktop market. I have one simple reason for that; The desktop market is too small to sustain a software (or/and hardware) business with. Oh, another reason - just look at where A6's and Castle's primary focus is at. As for ROL, well didn't Paul M. say at Wakefield it'll be a couple of weeks before Select 4 will be ready? It's been a couple of months since Wakefield. The word of ROL has become virtually worthless and, as a company, I can only see them becoming dependent upon Advantage Six. I'd rather not think about how many Select subscribers they have left. Perhaps they can have a future if Ad6 commissions them certain software development tasks, which they may release in one form or another for RO4 users.
Without regular news and at least some visible development, this desktop market will wither away until just a handful of ROS enthusiasts are left. Is this what Castle/ROL/AD6 want, since it seems they are surely allowing it to happen faster than ever?