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druck: "RISC OS is more of a community than a commercial enterprise these days"

So when will we start to see the owners of the code (or part-owners, or whatever) acting as members of a community, rather than treating everyone as punters or willing fanboys? Sure, Castle and RISC OS Ltd. put up lots of cash to prevent Microsoft seizing control of RISC OS back in the day, but if they want anyone to take any interest, they'd be better off shunting that particular mistake to the back of their corporate minds and adopting a real open source licence.

druck: "People are already willing to donate vast amounts of their time and energy in application development, and the Castle licence allows them to put some of that effort in to improving the OS."

I guess that the few people still developing applications for RISC OS have a profitable niche that is still worth exploiting, but even those people aren't likely to work for Castle for free unless it's to fix some showstopper that impacts their own revenue stream. And if one sees "vast amounts of time and energy" in connection with anything RISC OS, I don't think words exist to describe what goes on in connection to other platforms.

druck: "Its only fair that the owner of the licence can still peruse the limited commercial avenues that are open to the platform, and after all spinoffs such work continues to provide us with native hardware, so we gain as well."

It's unfair to pursue an innocent typing mistake, I know, but given the amount of innovation going on in the wider ARM-based scene, *perusing* commercial avenues is what Castle and friends are mostly left doing. There's a lot of ARM-powered stuff out there, and as any reader of Drobe will know by now, the limitation on using it with RISC OS is, well, RISC OS.

druck: "A migration to x86 hardware is possible, first by complete emulation running over a host OS as we have now, but then gradually moving parts of the code over to the native architecture, forming an abstracted virtual machine to allow it run along side other OSs, and eventually supporting x86 application binaries for currently developed code (legacy code remaining under emulation of course). It would be a lot of work, and we'd have to decide if it was worth it, largely determined on whether application development can fore fill users needs."

Once upon a time I thought this kind of thing would be useful or nice. Then I thought it would be just cool: my old environment integrated with my new one. Now, I really wonder why anyone would bother. Things like Impression had a nice user interface back in the day (when it wasn't crashing), but aside from my disinterest in desktop publishing (so 1990s!), probably every other aspect of the software is archaic. Ultimately, you're left with a few applications that would be better off rewritten - something that might take "a lot of work", but it'd be time and effort better spent.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 21/5/07 11:57AM
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