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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Unsurprising
by nevali on Sun 21st Jan 2007 11:55 UTC
nevali
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The porting veto is entirely typical of the RISC OS world, though I'll be interested to see how that appears in the license.

When the sources are owned by and license terms defined by the sole producer of one of the two hardware platforms the OS runs on, and the whole field is marginal anyway, cutting off the nose to spite the face is par for the course, I suppose.

Here's the thing: porting RISC OS to x86 would get a whole raft of people interested in it who wouldn't otherwise be, but it'd probably be the death knell in the hardware business. Good for the community and developers? Certainly. Good for RISC OS users? Highly likely. Good for Castle, et al? No way.

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