Aaron Timbrell, boss of VirtualAcorn, and a director at ROL, explained:
This letter quite specifically states that RISCOS Ltd support what ROOL is doing, in particular RISCOS Ltd supports (quoting from the letter): The release of the source code by RISC OS Open Ltd either via the website or sold on a CD; RISC OS Open Ltd (releasing) RISC OS ROMs without having to pay a licence fee to RISCOS Ltd and RISC OS Open Ltd (offering) a commercial licence to potential RISC OS 5 users and to profit from such a licence.
ROOL's Steve Revill also dispelled any hints at animosity. "RISC OS Open and RISCOS Ltd are not waving their fists at each other," Rivell soothes, "We've enjoyed open and clear communications from the outset and are continuing to talk. Finding the best way for all parties to co-operate for the good of RISC OS has always been one of our aims." According to ROL's Paul Middleton, the company is only "maintaining [its] rights that were clearly set out in [its] licence [to develop and distribute RISC OS]."
Despite the kissing-and-making-up above, some questions are still left unanswered. Nobody speaks of the ownership claims made by ROL, which more or less come down to this: when ROL first signed a license deal with the then-owners of RISC OS Acorn/E14/Pace, code written by ROL had to be contributed back to Acorn/E14/Pace. Acorn/E14/Pace later sold the source code to Castle - including the contributions made by ROL. Because of this, according to ROL, they own all versions of RISC OS that came after - including the code released by ROOL.
In addition, it's not being made clear by any of the statements if ROOL will be allowed to release a ROM built for RiscPCs, which was another important part of the original story. Questions, but no answers.
Drobe.co.uk, the source of all the news, has also made clear why they shone a light on his whole matter in the first place. Sensationalism? Hardly, Drobe writes.
Plus with everyone's cards now out on the table, this tedious long-running dispute should be in its final stages, thankfully. There should be no more threats, no more quiet grumblings and whispered briefings. Just cooperation, please.
The air is cleared for a while now, but the uncertain legal situation remains.