ROS must open up to survive says WildPublished: 19th Jul 2006, 13:53:44 | Permalink | Printable
More to follow laterCastle director and Tematic boss Peter Wild has said RISC OS must become open source to compete in modern embedded markets. Speaking personally, he outlined his views in a comment posted under a drobe.co.uk interview with RISC OS Open shareholder Andrew Hodgkinson.
Pete, pictured right, said: "It is frequently mandated by telcos and service providers in their specifications for STBs [that the operating system] is open source and the telco will have access to a system it can work with and modify independently of the hardware manufacturer.
"In emerging markets without clearly defined standards this is considered essential for future proofing.
"Make [RISC OS] open source and encourage users to contribute to it, use it and drive its ongoing development. This is the only scenario I can see in which the solution might prosper - short of someone investing a few million quid to fund further development."
He added that RISC OS was 'too far behind' to successfully target the mobile phone markets, would be unable to take on WindowsCE in the PDA realm, and would take a hammering from Linux in the IPTV STB markets. This leaves media players and more niche applications - with extensive work being carried out by engineers at Tematic on the media playback front.
Open sourcing RISC OS could spark a growth in development and allow the two streams of the OS to re-merge, according to Pete. He argued this would benefit rivals Castle and RISCOS Ltd., and desktop users.
Pete is also hoping to sell off his shareholding in RISC OS 5 owners Castle, after he loaned them nearly £30,000. He had hoped to build up the company to attract a larger outside form or business angel to swoop in and snap up Castle as an IPR asset - if the operating system were to be made open source, Pete could perhaps make use of the IPR without being tied to Castle.
For all of Pete's musings, scroll down to the comments on this article.
Peter Wild's personal website
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