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AcornICQ to go open source

By Chris Williams. Published: 10th Apr 13:56:00 | Permalink | Printable

ICQ is a popular way of talking to your friends over the internet, the letters ICQ being derived from "I seek you". Rather than messing about with web forms, you use an ICQ client to send messages to other people on the net who use their clients to read the messages. The RISC OS ICQ client, AcornICQ has been developed by Angelo Meliss and drobe.co.uk last Autumn reported on his work.

In the article, Angelo expressed his concern over the lack of free time he could devote to the development of AcornICQ. There are still a few features missing, such as multi-user chat as well as some minor bugs, all of which could be addressed and fixed with time. Unfortunately this week Angelo has officially announced that he no longer has the time to get AcornICQ up to speed and would like to call on the help of others. By making AcornICQ open source, other programmers will be able to contribute to the AcornICQ application and Angelo hopes that with a bit of organisation and effort, a system could be setup so that many people can simultaneously develop AcornICQ. Uploading the source code to an area on sourceforge.net or employing a CVS server have been suggested in an attempt to maintain changes to the application code. Needless to say, drobe.co.uk contacted Angelo and despite being the busy man he is, Angelo has promised to clarify the situation soon.

With the AcornICQ application in the hands of people who can actively develop the internet utility, this can only be a good thing. I would like to take this oppotunity to thank Angelo for bringing AcornICQ this far and his willingness to open the source to the ICQ client. It almost seems to be a trend these days for RISC OS software authors to open the source code to their programs; Paul Vigay hinted at the end of March that the Voyager internet suite might be going open source.


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