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Published: 19th May 2007, 00:57:32 | Permalink | Printable

BASIC, Paint, Draw, Filer and CDFS in initial batch

Shared source RISC OSThe first batch of the RISC OS 5 source code has been released today for free download, hours before the start of the Wakefield 2007 show. The upload comes after Castle revealed its shared source licence.

The first set of components released by RISC OS Open and Castle comprises of major applications and modules that form part of the backbone of the operating system.

These include utility CloseUp; desktop applications Paint, Draw and Edit; the RISC OS Filer and Pinboard; CDFS, various CD device drivers and CDFS Filer; the MessageTrans and BASIC modules; and Browse fetchers. The software is written in a mix of BASIC, C and ARM assembler.

A set of files and scripts are also available for download to help compile and build the operating system.

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Source code section of the RISC OS Open website

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Interesting goodies include Basic, the Filer, Draw, Edit, CDFS, and the Browse support modules. Interestingly, there's no click-through licence to accept to even pretend might be binding.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 19/5/07 1:07AM
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Just sorry I can't be at the show to ask the odd question or too. Well fair dues to ROOL and Castle for coming through with this. The selection of released code is larger than I though it would initially be (good....).

rjek>Although it may not have a click through I think you'll find that people are expected to act in accordance with the terms - never mind the legalities of it - not all of the source is out yet and I can't imagine Castle would be prepared to continue releasing stuff if people didn't "play ball" as it were.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 19/5/07 1:04PM
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Quick, download the source before they change their minds! ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/5/07 1:49PM
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Well, the license is - as was expected - included in the downloads. For GPL software the license is ususally part of the download too so that I guess that does suffice.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/5/07 6:59AM
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rjek: There is no need for a click-through licence. That kind of thing mainly happens with commercial executable software downloads. With source code that can be copied there is no need and you do not see that kind of stuff with GPL software either. The point is that by default, you cannot do anything with someone else's source code. If you want to modify or use it in your projects you have to show that you have a licence to use it. So, there is no need for Castle to keep a record of you accepting the licence. You either do not do anything with the source code, then the licence is immaterial, or you use the source code in one of the ways permitted by the licence and then you have implicitly accepted the licence because without accepting it you would not be allowed to do the things you do.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 20/5/07 10:46AM
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In case you didn't know, we have a discussion topic in our "Wish Lists" forum on the www.riscosopen.org site called "The Next Sources to Release". This is the place to request or suggest which RISC OS sources _you_ really want to see us release next. Include a reason for your request and it will help us to prioritise our work. Thanks.

 is a RISC OS Userriscosopen on 21/5/07 5:24PM
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riscosopen:

Can't seem to login just now... will try again later.

Until then, my vote's for the Window Manager and printing system.

 is a RISC OS Userlym on 21/5/07 5:33PM
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