AROS seems to lack highly motivated leadership, i.e. people with time and fire in their eyes. That said however, AROS would be given a tremendous boost by a full open AmigaOS. In fact, I can imagine it being very likely that the two projects would eventually merge.
First things first though, how about we get on with releasing the chains on AmigaOS? Would the rightsholders be willing to step forward and enter into a public discussion about this?