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In reply to druck: I think it is very valuable to have all users on one version of the OS, it means that we can use APIs without fear of them not being available on some machines. The 26-bit argument is valid, if you're interested in using apps which are not being developed any more, but IMHO it's better in long run to discard all these applications and encourage the purchase/development of recent and actively developed applications. Clearly there will be some areas in which only legacy app will do, and that's what Aemulor is for. I would hope too that if we all start using RISC OS 5, then the Castle USB stack will become standardized and the farce of having to two USB stacks will go away. Personally I don't care if we use the Simtec or Castle stack, but having two is absurd.

Having two strains of RISC OS just means that the small amount of development going into RISC OS is split unneccesarily, and it means that we end up with stuff on one strain (i.e. the Select Image SWIs for handling different image file formats) which may be very useful, but we can't use as it won't work on the other strain.

Frankly, I don't care which side becomes the 'standard' RISC OS, but I think we can all agree that in an ideal world, if we could turn back time, we'd like to only have one version of RISC OS, and the open-sourcing of RISC OS 5 is an opportunity to achieve that.

I'm not an open source advocate at all, I agree that a lot of work that goes into open source projects is pointless, non-innovative duplication of commercial products and like you say, wheel re-invention. But we can either have practically zero development on two versions of RISC OS like we have now, or we can take a chance, put all our money on one version of RISC OS and see what we can do with it. Right now, left as it is, RISC OS is finished, it has *zero* chance of survival, but the ROOL/Castle plan offers hope, and I think it's important that we all get behind that.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 24/01/07 2:02PM
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