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Castle, RISCOS Ltd. talks continue

By Chris Williams. Published: 22nd Sep 2004, 18:51:20 | Permalink | Printable

Merlin, Select, et al

The RISC OS cogsDiscussions and negotiations continue between Castle and RISCOS Ltd., as each side seeks to finalise a final agreement on the future of the development of RISC OS. As part of the new initiative announced during the summer, we're told that the two sides are working on "dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's" in the agreement paperwork.

The owners of RISC OS, Castle, and the developers of desktop RISC OS, RISCOS Ltd., fell out earlier in the year after Castle alleged that RISCOS Ltd. was in breach of its licence to develop and sell RISC OS, a charge RISCOS Ltd. refuted. Several dealers and manufacturers halted the shipping of RISC OS 4 in response to the legal storm, until all sides agreed to the joint initiative and resumed shipping products as per usual.

Right now, the on-going talks stem from the original joint statement, which announced that "RISCOS Ltd will be working with Castle to provide relevant features of the Select scheme to IYONIX pc users through the Merlin project". The Merlin project was launched by Castle in May to consult with users on what features they would most like to see added to RISC OS. We understand that the finer details of the arrangement between Castle and RISCOS Ltd., with respect to Merlin, are playing a large role in the on-going discussions.

Both companies spoke tentatively this week on the current state of play, however Castle managing director Jack Lillingston confirmed that above all, both companies wanted "the best for RISC OS". Paul Middleton, RISCOS Ltd.'s managing director, also reassured us that a joint announcement will be put out when ready, and an announcement to Select users would follow shortly. It's hoped that the eventual press release will address current speculation and set the record straight on the direction of RISC OS for desktop end users.


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Lets hope they reach a satisfactory conclussion.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 22/9/04 9:31PM
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So it's still swings and roundabouts then. Six of one and half a dozen of the other. Chalk and cheese -- "Self-esteem is for everybody. Self-esteem is for everyone. You can dream and be anybody. But self-esteem is how you get it done."

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 22/9/04 11:01PM
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Lets hope they hurry up. I'm missing the Select features on my Iyonix. It's only when you are without them all that you realise how much use and help they are.

Oh and Philipnet, could you change your picture please? I'm starting to fancy you :kiss: , which is really worrying me! :-o Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 22/9/04 11:22PM
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In reply to the Doctor:

Obviously in need of a change. Isn't it time you regenerated ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 23/9/04 2:41AM
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Don't worry if "Philipnet" keeps the picture "Doctor", your phone box has heaps of room for more people! :blush:

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 23/9/04 7:57AM
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The Doctor: Everything is possible when you really want or need to like in the case of RISCOS Ltd and Castle. Expect the unexpected and discover the new possibilities in yourself.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 23/9/04 8:55AM
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It says ROLtd will be working *with* Castle to provide Select features for Merlin - and both companies want the best for RO. Is this the middle ground from which new developments may spawn? And what announcement must ROLtd make to its subscribers other than a new version of Select for 26 bit machines?

Is it unrealistic to think we, the users, may never get to know the truth of what happened because it may damage our strong belief and good opinions on both companies? Or am I just being paranoid. One thing to say is that there's probably a much bigger picture to this story than we may be able to make out.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 23/9/04 9:08AM
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Can I ask, what's new in this news item? -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 23/9/04 9:52AM
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The news is "there's no real news, but there might be soon, don't go and buy Windows XP"

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 23/9/04 10:54AM
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In reply to the Spriteman: Its not 'new' but it is an 'update on the situation' that many in the newsgroups/Select mailing list said they wanted!

 is a RISC OS UserCJE on 23/9/04 11:40AM
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Knowing the truth of what happened is not necessary. All that's needed is for everyone to move forward as quickly as possible and in the same direction this time. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 23/9/04 11:57AM
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The Doctor: Yes she is quite fanciable isn't she ;-) . -- "Self-esteem is for everybody. Self-esteem is for everyone. You can dream and be anybody. But self-esteem is how you get it done."

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 27/9/04 12:25PM
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