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

Confirm comment report request

Andrew Hodgkinson wrote: "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."

I agree that endless circular debate is unnecessary, however although the above is a laudable sentiment - and great from a marketing point of view - without the choice of dual licencing (which would require copyright assignment from community contributions, which may be unpalatable to some) commercial developers may have more *control*, but they have less *choice*. They can't not "pay for exclusivity" if they don't need it.

Still, I think ROOL's efforts on the whole are going to be better than nothing; it'll remain to be seen if it's revolutionary enough to revitalise the market, but at least it'll give people itching to fix bugs in Paint a chance to do so.

(If I was being cynical, I'd have subsituted "Paint" for "Edit" in there... ;-))

 is a RISC OS UserJaffa on 01/10/06 8:44PM
[ 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: / 54.226.253.34
Comment GID: 25637
Timestamp: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:08:22 +0000

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Lifting the lid on the A9
    Or at least, trying to lift the lid
     17 comments, latest by Jaco on 15/12/04 5:33PM. Published: 21 Oct 2004

  • Random article

  • Updated Flash plugin for RISC OS browsers now includes sound support

     Discuss this. Published: 1 Jul 2000

  • 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
    "It gives a bad impression to anyone wondering who's going to be next to go when the web sites reporting the news have stopped reporting anything"
    Page generated in 0.0415 seconds.