You write "Also we all now that ROL did quite a lot more to their version of the OS than only ... Also very few of us know what improvements they have done to RISC OS over the last year ..." First you write that we all know that ROL did and then that just a few know about the improvements
Well, sorry I have to say this, but until now I never got a list of the benefits ROL built into RISC OS from the user's point of view, that is things like DCHP, or round buttons e.g. On their list of new things in RISC OS (I don't remember the URL, I mean the site with the CVS infos included) there are quite a few changes which are absolutely uninteresting like module so-and-so inserted into CVS or amended for new compiler or reference to Acorn removed which does increase the number of changes quite a bit. Since ROL never published a new features list to attract potential clients you can get the impression that that list would be too short ... as I wrote I mean a list with features that appeal to the end user! What I do know is that the initial missions like 32 bit and HAL which were reasons I subscribed to Select since those things would bring RISC OS forward, were dropped a while ago. But perhaps now they come back into life.
But anyhow, let past be past and I couldn't care for the legal issues looked into above less since now Castle and ROL/ROD have an agreement and the question arises what we might get in the future. So I sincerely hope that they will not let us stay in the dark but tell us what they will offer and what we are asked to pay for it.