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Just a thought; Could the mysterious RISC OS Open Ltd be behind Castle's sudden 'change of heart' regarding the legal status of RISC OS 5? I particularly like to quote the following lines from the article:

"In a further twist in the story, there are rumours that RISC OS Open Ltd, a new company backed by ex-Tematic and Pace staff, are to be given access to the RISC OS 5 source code from Castle. The engineers are believed to be owed cash from their time at Tematic, and the hand over of RISC OS source code could be one form of payment open to them."

Furthermore I like to agree with druck about the 'open source fairy tale' - the wellspread success stories of Firefox and Linux have probably contributed to such a misplaced belief. However, on balance I believe open sourcing various parts of the OS may give it a better chance of enjoying development than the current state of affairs allows. Therefore I hope they proceed with it and all parties, not just end-users, may share any benefits coming from this move. Contrary to what some people may think, simply open sourcing a software project does not necessarily mean no money can be made from it anymore. Perhaps this move may even force the likes of Castle and ROL to cooperate more. Keeping my fingers crossed...

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 15/8/06 11:25AM
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