Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Oct 2005 15:56 UTC
RISC OS The debate over whether or not RISC OS should be open sourced took another turn this week when Peter Naulls argued that "certain parts" of the OS could be released under an open source licence. The State-side coder behind various ports including Firefox said this would ideally include "crucial parts that affect all users, even if they don't realise it, parts that can be created from scratch and made much better than the Acorn original, and parts which can managed by specific developers who already understand them well."
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Of course
by on Mon 17th Oct 2005 08:34 UTC

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Risc OS should be opensourced.

You have some software that runs well in minimum memory, you have a development community around it, you have potential uses for it - and no one is going to do a thing about it.

The people who could do things with it, such as porting it to new chips, can't; and those who could, won't - because they don't have the incentive in the form of established customers, and they never will, because nobody except the Risc OS hobbyists can see the potential.

That do as a workable analysis?

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RE: Of course
by on Mon 17th Oct 2005 12:21 in reply to "Of course "
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I totally agree. Porting to a new chipset/device like pepper-pad would be possible with open source. Do you agree?

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RE[2]: Of course not
by chocky on Mon 17th Oct 2005 13:17 in reply to "RE: Of course "
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2005-08-26

No, not at all. It would take far too much effort and be of little benefit. But I already wrote an article on this:

http://riscos.blog.com/302013/

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