Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Jan 2007 23:31 UTC
RISC OS The shared source licence being drawn up as part of the RISC OS Open project is in the hands of lawyers, it was revealed this week. In a report to be published by Archive magazine, Castle are said to have spent a 'lot of money' on legal bills to make the licence watertight. The company fears loopholes may be found in their complex shared source agreement which could allow royalty free use of the source code for commercial purposes or let people avoid disclosing updates to the RISC OS blueprints.
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Standout feature
by John Blink on Mon 15th Jan 2007 08:10 UTC
John Blink
Member since:
2005-10-11

If there was one standout features about this OS, what would it be?

What defines it?

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RE: Standout feature
by RISCOSMike on Mon 15th Jan 2007 08:59 in reply to "Standout feature"
RISCOSMike Member since:
2006-09-03

Can never be corrupted by viruses. It is absolutely impossible.

Edited 2007-01-15 09:01

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RE[2]: Standout feature
by biteydog on Mon 15th Jan 2007 09:17 in reply to "RE: Standout feature"
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2005-10-06

Any chance of a simple explanation of this? Sounds good!

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RE[2]: Standout feature
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 15th Jan 2007 22:39 in reply to "RE: Standout feature"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

Thats known as "security through obscurity". It is a completely false sense of security.

I bet the number of companies still using RISC OS for anything serious, let alone hackers, could be counted with both hands.

I've personally never seen a single RISC system in my lifetime, and I'm around computers every day. I have only seen a few screenshots of the OS on the web.

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RE: Standout feature
by flypig on Mon 15th Jan 2007 10:43 in reply to "Standout feature"
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2005-07-13

It's tricky to pick out just one thing. It's a fairly unique OS (in that it's not like many others, since it's not posix etc.). People often say that the UI is its outstanding feature, as even this is different from many others (e.g. no menu bars as all menus are context menus; no save dialogue boxes; brilliantly efficient filer; windows don't jump to the front of the window stack; 'send to back' icon - little things that can make a big difference).

Some other things I personally like about it are the modular structure of the underlying OS, its efficiency, and the fact that you can access the OS and hardware directly without having to go through tons of abstraction layers if you want to (also has its downsides). Oh, and virtual filing systems that for example allow zip archives to appear to applications just like any other directory.

OSnews has had a number of good articles that covered this kind of thing in the past, which may be worth a look:

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=15798

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=15098

Incidentally the OS also has its drawback too and is missing some key bullet point features compared to Linux, Windows or OS X.

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RE[2]: Standout feature
by John Blink on Mon 15th Jan 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE: Standout feature"
John Blink Member since:
2005-10-11

Thanks guys.

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