Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open LtdPublished: 9th Jul 2006, 11:48:21 | Permalink | Printable
Shareholders include former Pace director and engineersMysterious new company RISC OS Open Ltd is backed by the former director of Pace Micro's Cambridge engineering division. While the people behind RISC OS Open are keeping schtum, paperwork recently filed by the company and seen by drobe.co.uk reveals those involved.
The team have strong ties with the former Acorn and Pace engineering workforce, and links with the set top box and next generation digital TV industries.
Andrew Moyler, 45, of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, is a RISC OS Open director and also managing director of Endurance Technology, an electronic design and consultancy business in the digital TV industry. Andrew is also a director of Corton Digital, a management consultancy outfit. He now owns a 20% shareholding in RISC OS Open.
As a divisional director, Richard Nicoll, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, oversaw the 'information appliance division' in Cambridge at Pace - where a number of ex-Acorn engineers found new jobs following the break-up of Acorn. Richard, who is also a project director at Endurance Technology and managing director at Corton Digital alongside Andrew, also owns a 20% stake in RISC OS Open.
Both Richard and Andrew are senior consultants at Pattotek, Peter Wild's electronics company which owns a 30% voting stake in RISC OS 5 developer Castle - which took the OS IPR off Pace's hands in 2003. Corton Digital also lists Pattotek as a customer.
RISC OS Open director and company secretary Steve Revill owns a 20% stake in RISC OS Open, as do each of fellow ex-Pace and ex-Tematic engineers Ben Avison and Andrew Hodgkinson, both living in Cambridge.
And as a telling post to comp.sys.acorn.programmer shows, Steve still has access to the fiercely guarded RISC OS source code.
Steve, 30, of Ely, said of RISC OS Open Ltd: "I'm afraid there isn't any news at the moment. We're working very hard behind the scenes to get this company off the ground and to prepare for an official launch. Until that time, I won't be making any comments about what we're doing."
When asked if there was any connection between Pattotek selling off its Castle stake and the appearance of RISC OS Open, Steve added: "I don't know what the rumours are but I only learned about the proposed sale of shares by Pete Wild on Thursday July 6.
"I can't really think of any way that this will affect what RISC OS Open is planning."
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