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In reply to Simon Challands: The GPL may put some people off, but there are also people who won't even consider contributing to an open source RISC OS unless it is guaranteed that users will always be able to have access to improvements.

"Personally I think things should either be completely open and free, or closed. The GPL is neither."

The GPL does its job very well. It keeps the source open for the end-users, even if they don't care about that aspect of the product.

"It needs to find a niche, not be open sourced."

Hasn't anyone learned anything about the desktop marketplace since Acorn's demise? There's been this tendency to go prospecting for new niches in the hope that a lucky strike will bankroll desktop development, but this constant search for new markets seems to end with the current OS owner(s) focusing on pleasing their new/prospective clients rather than their former core market.

The rampant denial about the advantages of open source development in the RISC OS world, particularly in the case of certain companies with the responsibility to develop the platform, can only lead to a situation in which there are ever fewer locked in and embittered users, short changed by vendors who can't deliver without substantial funding from an external party. But who would want to invest in RISC OS when you have a situation like that?

Let's see what RISC OS Open have to offer.

 is a RISC OS Userdavidb on 29/07/06 5:44PM
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