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To McShane (calling you AMS wuld be far too confusing!):

The current (drama) started when Castle sent a letter to all the AMSs saying, in effect, stop selling RISC OS products or we will sue. This was on the 26th May - very soon after Wakefield. You may remember Wakefield as the time when the AMSs went out of their way to announce (mainly for immediate sale) a range of new hardware. That cost. Development, good prices - even good prizes - at Wakefield. All that had to be paid for. Ten days later and all those RISC OS products that the AMSs had in stock (with licences and hardware paid for) were suddenly worth nothing.

In the case of Advantage Six this was worse. Not only had they given the best deals - and prizes - at Wakefield they were also in the middle of final negotiations with OEM suppliers re the A75. (A75: a new machine for a new market bringing thousands of copies of RISC OS and BBC Basic to the attention of people who might remember BBC Basic from school but hadn't realised that it was still around).

Add to that the other new releases from STD - A6+, UNIpod, MassFS, &c and there is a lot of development work and a lot of people ringing up and ordering those A6+ machines - that STD can't now supply (even though there are A6+ machines with RO4/Adjust licences sat on the shelves). There are even OEM manufacturers wanting confirmation that Advantage Six can supply x machines for testing by customers, y machines for delivery by ..., &c.

And Castle promised a deal that would sort everything out - and failed to deliver.

That's when the first, short 'holding' statement went out without naming who was responsible.

BTW If someone sends a legal letter threatening you if you sell certain items - you don't describe that as 'withdrawing those items from sale'.

And then Castle seemed to be willing to sort something out again - but failed to deliver.

<speculation> And now Advantage Six are? My guess is doing their sums about trying to persuade their OEM customers to change to Linux. Or talking things over with their lawyers. Or something.

My guess was that Castle had until 24th June to sort everything out. The AMSs have (presumably for the sake of the RISC OS market) accepted far more than anyone could reasonabley expect.


What really astounds me is the Castle 'offer' that McShane mentions. I've seen the offers. None can be described as legit - unless they've finally (this morning?) signed the one that they've been quivering over for a week or more.

 is a RISC OS UserQ on 07/07/04 10:25AM
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