"It's frankly bloody ridiculous of all you ranters to go on and on about how ROL are in the wrong for not producing a 32bit RISC OS when they don't have a platform they can develop it for!!!"
Now that's a load of horsesh*t and you know it! There's absolutely NOTHING that stops ROL technically to develop a 32 bit RISC OS for the RiscPC, A7000, RiscStation, Mico and now Omega. They could easily have done what Pace/Castle did and created a HAL and gotten rid of the hardware dependancies. The processors in ALL of the above mentioned computers are capable of running in 32 bit mode and therefore provide a platform for ROL to develop a 32bit RISC OS.
ROL at least starting to create a 32 bit version of RO would have given hardware developers something to aim for and design and build XScale based computers, that didn't happen.
If ROL had created a HAL that would have given hardware developers a chance to build computers without being stuck with some VIDC emulation and a chance to incorporate more modern video cards. It would also have made moving to PCI/AGP/PCI-X/USB/Firewire or whatever easier but that wasn't done, hardware developers were stuck with VIDC and an OS that was stuck on 7-8 year old propriatory hardware designs.
ROL seemed underfinanced and unwilling to develop RISC OS in the direction hardware developers needed. Therefore Castle developed the Iyonix and got their hands on RISC OS that was capable of running on a 32 bit processor. I personally would have liked to see ROL do the above but they didn't and have shown no signs of intending to do so unless someone is willing to build a computer and then wait a couple of years for ROL to update RISC OS to be capable of running on that computer while the hardware developer goes bust.