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Morison in Organizer open source u-turn

Published: 28th Jan 2008, 23:22:09 | Permalink | Printable

Future development to be managed by new party

Organizer screenshotPopular life management package Organizer is unlikely to go open source as its author has found someone to oversee future development of the commercial closed source software. Programmer Chris Morison was last year close to releasing the blueprints to his program for all to delve into and improve before emigrating to New Zealand. However this week Chris has decided the taste of open sauce isn't right for Organizer and has handed the program over to RISC OS user Nigel Willmott to manage.

Nigel said he is close to striking a deal with another programmer to carry out further development work on Organizer but may consider the open source route if all else fails.

Chris said: "The demands of work, life and now my own family have regrettably given me very little time to further develop Organizer over the past few years. Therefore, as I prepared to emigrate to New Zealand, I initially planned to give the Organizer source openly to the community rather than abandon it completely.

"However, after being contacted by Nigel and after my own research into the fate of other open source RISC OS projects, I decided that Nigel's plan to continue Organizer as a fully supported commercial application would be the best way to ensure its continued development. After detailed discussions with Nigel I am confident that he will carry Organizer forward with the enthusiasm it deserves, and that Organizer users and the RISC OS community will benefit."

In a statement, Nigel, a senior national newspaper journalist, said: "RISC OS program development has increasingly become dependent on the largely unpaid work and effort of enthusiasts with programming skills. I hope this is one way an ordinary user can contribute to keeping the platform going, particularly with such a key applications program.

"Keeping Organizer development in one place will avoid a possible split in the application and hopefully help to keep vital programming skills working on the platform."

He added to drobe.co.uk: "I'm going to try to continue commercial development. If that doesn't work out, I'll look at the open source route out again. I have been talking to a few people who were interested in contributing and I am close to a deal with a developer."

Organizer is a desktop personal organiser featuring a calendar, diary, anniversary address book and a simple, user-friendly graphical interface. Users of the software were quick to welcome the news earlier this month.


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Nice to think that we're all so backward here in New Zealand that to an emigrating programmer he will have to abandon his development of RISC OS software, why? Oh, that's right we're all still using BBC micros in tents down here.

 is a RISC OS Userlostamarble on 29/1/08 6:19AM
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Yeah, I thought the same thing at first, but Chris does say he's not had the time over the last few years to develop either, so it's not the move to N.Z. that has caused him to stop development. I hope Chris does bring his RISC OS machines with him and that he does make himself known to the (small) RISC OS community here. Anyone know which part of NZ he is going to?

 is a RISC OS UserFootie on 29/1/08 7:56AM
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I think if Nigel Willmott is able to secure the services of a programmer to further develop Organizer on a commercial basis, this has got to be good news for both the the platform and Organizer.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 29/1/08 8:07AM
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sa110: agreed. It's encouraging if developers still think there is sufficient sales potential in good apps such as !Organiser to warrant commercial development.

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 30/1/08 4:01PM
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In Reply to Footie ( Ruby is a better word ) Chris is locating in Christchurch where his wife, an NZ girl, has family. He can be contacted on his usual e mail address. Anyone know where George Buchanan and Doug Harrison can be contacted I believe they are both living in NZ

 is a RISC OS UserAlexander on 31/1/08 12:19AM
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I would like to know just how many people in NZ still use RiscOS - Robert Greenfield at Web Monster down in NewPlymouth might be a good contact to start a list going. try an e mail to theboss@webmonster.co.nz

 is a RISC OS UserAlexander on 31/1/08 12:23AM
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In Reply to Alexander:

 is a RISC OS UserFootie on 31/1/08 3:22AM
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In reply to Alexander: Do you mean Rugby? Hate the game myself. Prefer Football (Soccer), but that's not the reason for my nickname. My surname is Foot. Anyway; I believe there are a good number of RISC OS users in Christchurch. There is already a list for NZ users at [link] 101 users at the moment but I know there are more people using RISC OS in the country.

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 is a RISC OS UserFootie on 31/1/08 3:29AM
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I live in Christchurch and it is a beautiful city and has a few RISC OS users past and present. Bluewater Systems are based here doing all kinds of cool things with ARM technology.

 is a RISC OS Userstevek on 31/1/08 5:06AM
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