Didn't you just say that the discussion was pointless? In whatever case... once again, apparently Cloanto does not own the rights to the ROM's or the different versions of the OS, so it isn't up to them to decide if they should be released for free or not... what is it about this that is so hard to get? Cloanto isn't the reason that the community isn't growing if the community isn't growing because of non free OS-versions or ROM's... it is the copyright holders (or simply, the owners of the ROM's and OS-versions)!
Don't you think that without Cloanto's interest in roms original right holder might them give up the same as Atari, another very greedy company in eyes of many, did??
And yes, it is pontless, but nothing better to do on this rainy day.