Why so much infighting?By Paul Stewart. Published: 1st Jul 2006, 22:00:20 | Permalink | Printable
Paul Stewart sounds off on the platform's electronic pollutionByline: Paul Stewart
Opinion | A two-tier Europe often used to be talked about. A classless society, again talked about, was an ideal rather than a reality. Whilst a BMW or Mercedes used to indicate wealth or position in society, today they are a mere tool to drive from A to B and pollute the atmosphere with their exhaust fumes. It's not just cars that happen to pollute the atmosphere.
The most violent polluters are people. I do not mean in the sense of new inventions or industry that create pollution, I mean the written or spoken word. The written or spoken word can cause more long lasting damage than any lost limb or broken nose.
Pollution is rife everywhere. Even in the little world of RISC OS. I think the problem with pollution is the smaller the group the more intensifying, hurtful and problematic it can be. It's a well known strategy. Tried and tested. Used by many great commanders and warriors alike. Divide and Conquer. And in the RISC OS world, we are ripe for an invasion.
The split between the Iyonix and ROL users seems to be never ending. However it is not the users that are to blame, they follow by example. Whilst Castle and RISCOS Ltd have both done a lot for the platform, they have also caused a lot of damage due to their continuing inability work together. We see it time and time again in email discussion lists and on news websites such as drobe.co.uk. It starts off as an innocent article or discussion, and before you realise what is happening, you're getting dragged into a RISC S 5 versus RISC OS 4 Adjust argument, or a RISC OS 5 and RISC OS 4 bashing.
In an ideal world we would not have the OS split, but for the survival of RISC OS as a whole, we need to move on. Stop bashing one or the other current OS versions. Just admit they both exist, both have their own unique selling points, and let both Castle and RISCOS Ltd know that we need one desktop OS in development.
So before you comment on that article on the web or as part of the discussion lists, stop and ask yourself: "Am I polluting or positively contributing?"
Contributing is a hard job to do. However it need not be one that is not achievable. Helping with the availability of new software is as good a contribution as any. But programming is an ability not everyone possesses. Perhaps offering to write manuals or documentation for new software is something you can do.
Marketing: Do you have any skills that you could put to use in helping to market RISC OS? Perhaps you could design some eye catching posters for the next RISC OS show. Software and hardware reviews, write your own and submit it to your favourite publication. You see there are many ways you can contribute to RISC OS. It's all about finding the time an deciding how you can contribute.
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