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"No operating system can be developed solely for free."

"People have to make money somewhere along the line,"

These two statements are only loosely connected. Yes the OS developers have to eat, but their food need not come from license fees on the sale of the OS kernel. Linux, and even Apple, have made this abundantly clear.

Companies lile ROL can olny survive in their present form if they can find enough punters willing to pay those fees - and as the OS falls behind that is getting harder and harder in a vicious circle.

Guess I am saying that ROL is probably doomed. The time for scraping by one a few more promises and the goodwill of the buyer is long gone. What takes its place will have no real revenue stream for a long time - until the OS is fixed.

The example of !printers is not a good one. Where is the romance in hacking a printer driver? And why bother when the rest of the OS is broken and you are forbidden to fix it your way? It's just not a priority.

At least if RISC OS itself is opened up, it can survive the death of the old guard and maybe, just maybe, will attract some talent.

To all RISC OS businesses I would say, if your personal dreams must crash and burn, please don't feel the need to drag our OS down along with them.

 is a RISC OS Usersteelpillow on 4/9/06 1:03PM
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