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ROL decides on name change

By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Oct 2004, 13:54:10 | Permalink | Printable

Nothing fancy

RISCOS Ltd. is renaming itself to 'RISC OS Developments', following Friday's agreement with Castle.

ROL boss Paul Middleton commented that the new name sums up the company more appropriately, as they act as chief developers of desktop RISC OS. While companies such as Advantage Six remain as sub-licencees of RISCOS Ltd., Castle will focus more on non-desktop, embedded product areas. Paul confirmed that Select for Iyonix is on-going but will be made available eventually.

The domain riscos.com [mirror] will be handed back to Castle (as the owners of RISC OS), and eventually developed into a central site with resources and publicity information about RISC OS. A new website for RISC OS Developments has yet to be decided upon, however the post-agreement hand over period is described as being "considerable".

Way back in 1999, RISCOS Ltd was formed with the aim of continuing RISC OS development following the break up of Acorn Group. The end of the Acorn era was marked in 1998 by the announcement that the Group was pulling out of the desktop computer market and had canned their Pheobe "RiscPC2" computer.

RISCOS Ltd was then granted exclusive rights to the development and marketing of RISC OS for the desktop market, after Pace snapped up the IPR to RISC OS, reportedly for a quarter of a million quid. RISC OS 4 was first launched in July 1999 and its latest incarnation, Adjust32, was pre-announced earlier this month.


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Interesting, but more than sensible.

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 19/10/04 1:58PM
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As could be expected RO Ltd is to be the developer of our favourite OS for the desktop, like they have been doing all along. Hopefully they'll also be writing drivers for various PCI cards and USB devices.

I get the feeling this is how it should have been in the first place. Remember when Castle said they are going to renovate RO and spend for it - I think when this new dynamic duo gets busy, we are headed for some really promising times...

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 19/10/04 2:47PM
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will castle be making the risc os website into a site as stupidly designed as the iyonix one?

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 19/10/04 4:01PM
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Jack mentioned to me that all future small licencees would have to contact RISCOS ltd and not Castle. They only want big orders seemingly.

On that subject, Castle are hoping to be able to announce sometime soon a rather big order for their products.. :-)

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 19/10/04 4:38PM
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I hope they spell RISC OS correctly this time. ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 19/10/04 5:14PM
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This is all sounding like a sensible solution :-) - splitting the two areas between the two compaines - but where does it leave "Embedded Adjust"? That seems like a chunk from Castle's slice of the cake? Or does it come under "small licences"?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 19/10/04 5:14PM
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I just hope that RISC OS Development are not making a ROD for their own back.


 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 19/10/04 6:03PM
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So riscos.com is to be turned into a central resource and info site. I can only hope that it will contain some sort of <fx:dons flame proof jacket> Windows Update /type/ of system for keeping the !Boot structure up to date. It's very tiresome setting up a new machine and having to scour several dozen sites on the net for the many modules that are required for many pieces of software. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 19/10/04 7:15PM
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*Fwibbler* I agree that one central source like (RISCOS.com) would be very useful. Although it may seem great to have a number of choice sites to visit for resources etc., but I have experienced missing out on some useful resources because I was not aware of such sites existed until stumbling upon them! By this I mean not only updates, modules, or enhancements, but useful software I did not know existed! Maybe the "Bundled" packages (something mentioned not too long ago) in our new era of RISC OS could link to this site for updates, but please.... not the Windows style that tells you every day to update!!!

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 19/10/04 11:06PM
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*quatermass* I'm sure RISC OS Developments will also be eager to do Large licences as well as small:-)

 is a RISC OS UserCJE on 20/10/04 11:46AM
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Sawadee: Firstly, !!! doesn't really improve the readability of your post. Secondly, there are already a variety of RISC OS programs that are updated daily - some automatically, some manually.

Windows isn't updated daily - exaggerated comparisons won't do our platform any favours, and in any case, you're comparing OS updated with applications.

Again, I recommend just a bit of thought before you bash out what's on the top of your head onto drobe article comments.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 20/10/04 12:05PM
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riscos.com was NEVER owned by Castle, so it can't be "handed back".

I owned it for a while (it was unregistered at the time), and sold it to ROL (probably for less than I should, but it was better than nothing!).

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 20/10/04 4:34PM
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"I owned it for a while (it was unregistered at the time), and sold it to ROL "


riscosdevelopments.com AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.net AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.org AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.info AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.co.uk AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.org.uk AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.uk.com AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.uk.net AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.eu.com AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.gb.com AVAILABLE! riscosdevelopments.gb.net AVAILABLE!

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 20/10/04 4:51PM
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[link] was amusing when I found it.

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 20/10/04 5:03PM
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in reply to monkeyson:

Time to do some cybersquatting :-)

Seriously, PM really should get these registered quick, if not already.

And how about the new fancy domain extensions, such as ws, biz...others? Easyspace.co.uk has a good domain lookup tool...

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 21/10/04 2:17AM
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