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In reply to Dan Maloney:

"I could see that being beneficial to RISC OS"

There is a company called SCO who tried the 'all publicity is good publicity' idea and it isn't working out well for them :-)

Seriously, why set out to hijack the term 'Open Source' when you know it will antagonise the very community you want help from?

(After all we know what it is like to be on the receiving end of such a manoeuvre, with the recent attempt to repurpose the 'Acorn' brand.)

"I don't think this is the time to be disparaging"

On the contrary, there would be little point in having this discussion after the decisions have been taken.

"I can't see where the doom and gloom comes from."

There are three distinct issues here: (1) Whether release of the source code under a non-free licence is better than the status quo. While this is possibly not as clear-cut as it seems, it is not a point I am inclined to quibble about. (2) Whether there are better ways to release the source code without compromising Castle's commercial interests. I think there are, and see no harm in saying so. (3) Whether it is a good idea to choose a restrictive licence and then try to present it as 'open source'. Sorry, I'm with doom and gloom all the way here: this is a terrible idea, and one I think we would live to regret.

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 23/08/06 04:01AM
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