I think it is really time we took a good reality check here.
RISC OS Ltd really don't seem to have the necessary funds to develop RISC OS much outside the current market or at speed. This restricts the amount of development and types of development work they can do. I agree that Select / Adjust is quite an achievement but it has taken a very long time to get this far. Castle appear to be the only company in the RISC OS scene with the ability to take on significant development work within realistic commerical timeframes.
What ever the future of RISC OS is it needs significant funding. Much more than can be afforded under the Select scheme and relatively low sales volumes. RISC OS Ltd haven't been able to get large scale sales other than upgrades to RiscPC's (whose numbers are slowly declining) and as a result can't take on development costs themselves, it is just to risky (pun not intended).
If Castle gain control then atleast some certainty will return to the market, significant improvements could be made and the desktop market would get some benefit from the embedded developments and a wider range of processor options. Castle also appear to have a vision for RISC OS and RISC OS Ltd don't.
This is something that has been hanging over the market for a while. Once it is sorted out I think everyone will win (maybe everyone but RISC OS Ltd).
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