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David Pilling wrote>"Huge row the first time ROSL are inspired by something someone adds to RISC OS 5"

If RISC OS Ltd use the *source* as a basis for inclusion of new features into Select then presumably they'll be obliged to *pay* royalties for that use. If they implement their own variant - well then they do and there isn't a whole lot anyone can do about it.

I would point out, however, that ROL could see the direction Castle were taking with RO5 and seemed not inclined to "copy" the methodology of any of it (32bit Select still has the WimpSlot restriction and no HAL to name two examples). I don't believe ROL will copy anything - if for no other reason that the currently available material (Paint, Draw etc.,) they've already upgraded. RO 5 is playing catch-up, so it's unlikely that copying any changes would benefit ROL.

Later releases might be more significant (e.g., Kernel, Drivers etc.,) - but all that is likely to do is remove the original excuse ROL used for not releasing Select on Iyonix (lack of information) - but in the meantime RO5 may well have gained similar UI features to Select - in which case the demand from Iyonix users for Select will have dried up.

David Pilling wrote>"Huge row as people are inspired by Select/Adjust to add to RISC OS 5"

Simply copying a method of "doing things" is probably Ok. A complete "rip-off" by reverse engineering big chunks of RO4 Select *would not be*. Anyway ROL had a perfectly legit way of preventing this - *releasing RO Select on Iyonix*. They didn't - and it would be a bit rich if they *now* complain that somebody else might add Select style UI features to RISC OS 5.

As far as ROL is concerned the boat has left without them - that was their chance they missed it - tough.....

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 01/10/06 4:58PM
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