I agree. CTL and ROL have to co-operate. If that means CTL absorbing ROL and continuing to support thier products then maybe that is the best solution. What is certain is we need both companies and their products. We cannot afford to lose either.
Without 32 bit RISC OS and the new hardware the platform is dead. CTL are the only people addressing this.
But the platform is also strenghtened by the burgeoning emulation market, without which we would lose a good proportion of our users and developers. So we need ROL too.
Threatening legal proceedings because of breaches of licence conditions (on both sides) is couterproductive and a waste of resources that are better used in other ways. At present we don't know who started it, but it might not be who you think! I suspect Castle have only withdrawn ROLs licence because their hand was forced, perhaps by threats of legal action from ROL, who may have a valid case.
If ROL are trying to kill off RO5, then that is intolerable, and will kill the platform if they succeed. Castle I believe are not trying to kill off anything, just trying to bring the directors or ROL to their senses. And if that fails, to gain control of ROL and its products.
I think the best thing now is to get behing CTL and hope they succeed in what they are trying to do. Any other outcome would be disastrous!