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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RE: Standout feature
by RISCOSMike on Mon 15th Jan 2007 08:59 UTC 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"
biteydog Member since:
2005-10-06

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

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RE[3]: Standout feature
by flotsam on Mon 15th Jan 2007 09:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Standout feature"
flotsam Member since:
2006-01-04

The OS is stored in ROM, so it can't be altered. However, you can soft-load parts of it and viruses can still affect files stored on hard drives and other storage media.

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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[3]: Standout feature
by RISCOSMike on Tue 16th Jan 2007 09:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Standout feature"
RISCOSMike Member since:
2006-09-03

You live in the US I guess?

>I've personally never seen a single RISC system in >my lifetime, and I'm around computers every day.

Oh really? You have never used a modern mobile phone?

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