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I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but as someone who has contributed to the RISCOS Ltd branch of RISC OS in the past, I have extremely mixed feelings about this release. I doubt that I am the only one.

With some of this software such as Browse, there is no risk of conflict with a parallel RISCOS Ltd version, and I welcome its release wholeheartedly. However, in other cases - such as the Toolbox - there seems a high risk of duplicated effort and version number confusion (lucky users). The worst case scenario is that features will diverge, leading to incompatibilities (just what we need to retain developers). Colin Granville posted to usenet about this several months ago: [link]

I am not interested in reinventing wheels, filing duplicate bug reports, or repeating past discussions. Frankly, I am more likely to become disillusioned with both using RISC OS and developing software for it. Hey, I might even get a life instead! Sadly, there are few people left who are both capable and willing to work on RISC OS, and the last thing that we need is the worsening of the current schism. I fear that is what this latest source code release may precipitate, no matter how well-intentioned.

That is merely my personal point of view. I have no influence over the directors of either RISCOS Ltd or Castle Technology Ltd, nor much interest in their alleged past disputes.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 21/10/07 12:27AM
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