With regards to the RISC OS GUI and comparisons to MacOS X. In my humble opinion, the MacOS X GUI is a success because it has not been designed to look like another OS GUI. That's how it has become such a leader as regards OS GUIs.
I suggest that it would therefore be a mistake to try and make RISC OS look like MacOS X.
The great strength of RISC OS is it looks great without resorting to gimmicks. And for those who claim it looks dated, I'd love to know in what way. WindowsXP looks like a Fisher Price toy and the text is appalling - it has failed to copy anything good from MacOS X. The colours are garish (hope I spelt that correctly) and the overall display an offence to the eye.
MacOS X is bright, colourful and fun, but still looks and feels professional.
RISC OS is not bright and colourful, but the text is superb, the drag-and-drop a central strength and the colours are subtle and professional (comments based on first release of RISC OS 4).
The GUI is not an issue as far as I can see. It's some missing functionality, and then a lot of that is not precisely the OS itself, but what should be bundled with it, or made available - such as a fully capable media player.
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