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Since first making public comments re open sourcing RISC OS, and my company’s interest in selling it’s stake in Castle a very interesting and positive set of discussions have taken place. For the first time in a long while, I’m far more optimistic about the future of RISC OS as there is now a clearly emerging consensus within Castle and related companies that Open Source is the way to go, and how this may be achieved, echoing Jack’s quoted comment.

It’s sad that Drobe’s latest contribution has been so negative, based on untrue and unsubstantiated rumors whilst following that great journalistic adage, “never let the truth stand in the way of a good story”. For a website supposedly interested in promoting RISC OS you should be ashamed of yourselves.

I note Drobe has now retracted its initial claims, but, I must still set the record straight. As the person directly responsible for managing Tematic I can categorically state that none of the employees were owed anything and, as already stated, the shut down of operations at Tematic was orderly and honorable. Moreover, all the engineers were immediately engaged by another organization to continue working on IPTV and Set Top Box projects, contrary to the bleak Castle bashing conducted on Drobe at the time: www.drobe.co.uk/riscos/artifact1461.html

As to the claims in another magazine that “trashed Castle” these appear ill informed (N.B. I haven’t read the article), and I assume inspired by certain individuals who’ve always been anti Castle and invidious of its ownership of RISC OS. Sorry to disappoint, but I can state authoritatively that Castle will turn a healthy profit this year (not least thanks to Jack’s excellent efforts controlling costs, and his inspired choice of new premises ;) ) Moreover, STB royalty revenues have been good, vastly exceeding the paltry sums received from certain other licensees.

Then there is the statement, “Open sourcing it without considering the impact this will cause to other companies using the operating system is pretty crap." Suggesting Castle wouldn’t consider all the ramifications and legal issues is naïve in the extreme. However, since Andrew H’s comment on this point many tumbleweeds have gone past and no more hands got raised. Of course, making wild guesses about the contents of confidential legal agreements and licenses seems to be a regular pastime for Drobe users, long may it continue :), enjoy!

 is a RISC OS UserPeteWild on 21/08/06 1:57PM
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