Programming tools set for price slashPublished: 23rd Jan 2007, 21:25:02 | Permalink | Printable
RISC OS Open woos coders [Updated]The price of the Norcroft software development tools is set to tumble in a bid to encourage take up of the RISC OS Open source code, it was revealed this week. The shared source release of RISC OS 5 is expected to require the Norcroft C/C++ compiler package to build, and a price tag slash is hoped to draw developers into contributing to the operating system.
The ARM-specific Norcroft suite was rebadged as the Castle C/C++ toolkit, and later updated by the company. The suite costs 199 quid including VAT at the moment, and competes with the freely available GCCSDK.
RISC OS Open's Steve Revill said: "Very soon now, we intend to start selling the Castle C/C++ package at considerably less than you would have been able to buy it in the past.
"That should be a real boost to all the people who don't have the tools and want to build the shared sources - because most of the sources need that toolset. Sadly, we can't give them away for free, but I don't remember anyone saying we can't have any commercial software on RISC OS."
Steve also pointed in his forum post that a team of volunteer code moderators will audit source code submissions from third party developers. The best code will be merged with the RISC OS Open source code, and subsequently compiled into future ROM releases.
He also called for anyone who wants to moderate their favourite RISC OS component, or a set of them, to come forward.
Steve said of the moderating process: "Having done this job at Acorn and Pace, I can tell you it's amazing how many people give you their work, and you find it doesn't even build correctly."
In 2004, Castle launched a subscription scheme for updates to the C/C++ toolkit. On Monday this week, Castle, which sells ARM-compatible Iyonix motherboards through Iyonix Ltd, revealed details of its shared source licence, which will initially include a ban on non-ARM ports of RISC OS 5.
Update at 22:16 29/01/2007
ROOL have confirmed that they've taken over the compiler suite, and reduced its price by 70 percent to 50 quid, not including tax. The software will be available from the ROOL website, or iyonix.com in the meantime. Coders who bought The Castle-badged C/C++ collection after January 1, last year, should contact Castle before the end of March for a free upgrade.
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