Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jan 2007 18:38 UTC, submitted by fylfot
RISC OS Castle and RISC OS Open discuss there plans for the gradual unveiling of an open source RISC OS over the next twelve months. They explain their reasoning behind some of the source code restrictions in their licence. "Castle's Jack Lillingston opened the presentation with a brief run through of his company's products before outlining the shared source initiative - which is designed to get the source code to RISC OS 5 out into the open for free, and encourage third party developers to improve it. Steve then took over to explain more about how the project will be organised, and how they need donations to keep going."
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Why is it so restrictive?!
by reduz on Sun 21st Jan 2007 08:25 UTC
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

"encourage third party developers to improve it"
As said in previous posts, this is extremely selfish..

For example, a hobby developer may want to try new ideas, ports, improvements.. that even if not very benefical to castle, it may fix or improve other aspects of the OS, or in the end, just increase the amount of developers with good knowledge of the OS (which should also be vaulable to castle). But if they make the licensing so string, they will just not appeal to that many developers, and reduce their benefit in the end..

They are too overprotective.. isnt also their business making the machines? Do you see anyone else selling Solaris, or darwing for example?

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RE: Why is it so restrictive?!
by arielb on Sun 21st Jan 2007 21:21 in reply to "Why is it so restrictive?!"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

most people fear freedom. Even linux people want the restrictions of the GPL.

I know with Haiku there will be ports. Some good features will be taken into linux and closed source OS's, I'm sure. But this doesn't bother me because as long as the OS is complete and not just a kernel, the benefits of integration and the network effect will compel standardization and Haiku will only benefit from the unlimited experimentation and flexibility.

riscos uses a lot of assembly just for arm...so we have a rarely used OS using a rarely used platform in a rarely used language that's hard to understand...it's hard to see what to worry about.

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