Now hang on a moment! They are willing to release the results of thousands of man-years of work to us. I would see this as a very generous contribution to a community-based development project for RISC OS. And they did have to pay a lot of money for it in the initial acquisition from Pace.
If other developers want to contribute source to this project, they are likely to be users of RISC OS, too. They will receive new versions of this OS for next to nothing (I think the figure suggested was a few pennies?) and there might well be a clause in the licence, that developers, who's source has been accepted into the project, will get future versions completely free of charge. The commercial developers in the RISC OS market might want to contribute certain changes to RISC OS wich would enable them to release new products through wich they will get new sales (like ADFS-improvements for CinoDVD). Then there is the possibility of user-funded development like the UPP, only for OS features.
Also some of the in-house developments of the STB-developers might be contributed to the "open-source" version.
ArtWorks 2.9 set for Wakefield 2009 launch The latest version of graphics package ArtWorks is set to be unveiled at this month's Wakefield 2009 show - and will allow PNGs and other bitmaps to be exported with alpha transparency intact. Click on the link with NetSurf, Firefox or some other capable browser to see an illustration of the exported translucency effect. The software will also gain extra features to the editing of text, including smart quotes and automatic ligatures, according to developer Martin Wuerthner. 5 comments, latest by Stewy on 20/4/09 4:05PM. Published: 11 Apr 2009