Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Confirm comment report request

GuestX: "...is less a financial restriction and more one of control"

In my opinion, no, this is not the intention. If the software is under the GPL then the viral-like nature of that licence infects software developed bespoke for the device in question. NRE is often a major proportion of the cost when developing a new embedded device. Many companies do not like the idea of putting effort into a product only to have to release all code to it - it's akin to writing off the NRE cost. Moreover, upon releasing sources, any potentially cheaper manufacturer in the world (notably China) will find it easier to copy the hardware, tweak the firmware in source form and erode the market started by the original innovator.

Some companies do release products around GPL operating systems like Linux, but they often either have a heavy string of software patents protecting other aspects of their design in the US (c.f. Tivo) or near-software patents good enough to scrape through in the EU, the product may be not in the slightest bit innovative anyway (e.g. a router), or it may be that the company is very large and feels able to defend itself on (say) the grounds of copyright violation rather than just accept a copy of its hard work appearing in the marketplace. Some even just ignore the code release provisions of the licence and cross their fingers hoping nobody notices! To avoid endless circular debate here, though, I would point out that there are of course countless permutations of this and no "right" answer when describing usage cases.

The reason why a royalty is payable for commercial RISC OS [Open] users is partly because those users can keep their code or modifications to core RISC OS private. They pay for what amounts to exclusivity. It's about control in a way, as you said - but not Castle's control, as you indicated; I believe it's actually there to grant more control to the user of the code.

 is a RISC OS Useradh1003 on 01/10/06 6:09PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Click on the button below to confirm you wish to flag up this comment to the website's administrators. Abuse of this service will be frowned upon and it should only be used to notify us of comments that are extremely distasteful, indecent or otherwise unlawful. If you disagree with an opinion expressed or fact stated in a comment, please take part in the debate rather than expect it to be removed.

Return to the drobe.co.uk front page

Details

Reporting user / IP: / 54.158.212.93
Comment GID: 25631
Timestamp: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:24:49 +0000

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Archive magazine reviewed
    A media watch special
     10 comments, latest by diomus on 27/10/07 12:01PM. Published: 23 Oct 2007

  • Random article

  • Boffin claims security holes found in ARM chips
    Researcher set to present findings later this month
     Discuss this. Published: 7 Apr 2007

  • Useful links

    News and media:
    IconbarMyRISCOSArcSiteRISCOScodeANSC.S.A.AnnounceArchiveQercusRiscWorldDrag'n'DropGAG-News

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    Dealers:
    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster

    Usergroups:
    WROCCRONENKACCIRUGSASAUGROUGOLRONWUGMUGWAUGGAGRISCOS.be

    Useful:
    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign


    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "Drobe is just cheap British press"
    Page generated in 0.0447 seconds.