I imagine this will spark more conspiracy theories rather than solving anything, but for the record, below is Steffen's unedited email as it arrived. I hope Steffen will agree that he is not in any way misrepresented. The question about ROL was removed because it looked silly coming straight after the ROL quote from Paul, but of course when I emailed Steffen he had not seen Paul's response.
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 02:23:55 +0200
From: Steffen Huber
Subject: Re: RISC OS shared source announcement
I really welcome this move. To me, it is the first positive piece of news for our market since the launch of the IYONIX pc. It is probably the only way to keep RISC OS alive, and it has the potential to interest many ex RISC OS developers.
It is of course too early to consider all consequences - how will RISCOS Ltd. be affected, what exactly is that "per unit royalty fee", would this "shared licence" allow royalty free shipping of a freeware emulator complete with RISC OS, does e.g. selling support for an otherwise free product make it a commercial product...the coming discussions will keep us surely busy for a while
Steffen Huber, hubersn Software
"Thank you Chris for leaving out a significant part of my statement without even indicating it. Is that the standard of journalism we can expect from Drobe nowadays?" is now the 67th quote for the top-right-hand corner.