RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) are hugely proud to announce that we will be working with RISC OS Developments (ROD), following their recent acquisition of the RISC OS intellectual property through the purchase of Castle Technology Ltd (Castle), in the next phase of the mission to reinvigorate the RISC OS market.
ROD will be working alongside community maintainers ROOL to republish the source code to this popular niche operating system under the Apache 2.0 License, in a move aimed at removing existing barriers to entry for developers from the open source community and enabling free-of-charge use in commercial products for the first time in RISC OS’s history.
Great news for the RISC OS community, and I hope this ensures RISC OS will remain available to play and hack with for years and years to come.
FWIW, the previous license was an interesting one – copyleft, non-commercial, with an automatic unlimited license of any derivative works back to Castle (so you could fork, but Castle could get your fork’s work and incorporate it into their tree and sell it commercially).
Not open source, but not closed either.
How long until it’s cross-platform, running on a 32-bit PC or an Amiga? Does anyone have an idea how much work would be involved to port RiscOS to other, non-ARM hardware architectures?