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AMS: "If RISC OS were open sourced I'd suggest that it use its own specific license (there is precidence for this in things like the Mozilla License)."

The motivation presumably being the desire to establish a community where independent developers are not equal to the corporate developers, perhaps.

"The license could explictly forbid the reuse of the source in other OS'es (to stop "cherry picking"), restrict use to ARM or compatible hardware - but otherwise leave people free to contribute and obtain source."

Previous "shared source" initiatives of which you write have generally not been very successful, mostly because potential developers have seen through the pretense and have noticed that they're being invited to do work for some company where they not only get no reward for their own work, but they also have retain no control over their own work, either. Most people either for business or for ideological reasons would rather spend their time on genuine open source projects, understandably.

jess: "All the commentls about open source imply that RISC OS would be made into some sort of freeware."

The term "freeware" belongs in the 1980s. Most of the comments about open source from people who know what they're talking about are precisely about "open source", not some kind of ill-defined "no money involved" hand-waving exercise.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 19/08/06 7:38PM
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