Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Reply to thread

As I understand it, RISC OS Ltd only own what they have produced (and even then they are contractually bound to show the source to the IPR holders of RISC OS). All they had was a licence to sell RISC OS 4 exclusively to ARM based ie ARM7500 and StrongARM based desktop computers. IN other words, they could only sell a 26bit version of the OS to run on obsolete equipment. PACE, the IPR holders are then approached by Castle, who say they want to sell a desktop machine that runs on the new XScale processors in 32bit mode. So PACE sell them a licence to run their IP on a completely different set of machines. This version of the OS is called RISC OS 5 to distinguish it from the product that ROL is selling, it is a seperate and completely independent product, sold under a different licence. RISC OS Ltd can cry foul as much as they like, their licencing agreement with PACE was not affected by RISC OS 5 because it is a completely different product.

Now, in the mean time, ROL have started selling a version of RISC OS 4 that runs on Intel Pentium processors under the Virtual Acorn emulation software. This is a flagrant breach of their original licence with PACE, but PACE were not to bothered, as RISC OS was a small part of their bussiness. However, when PACE sold the IPR that is RISC OS to Castle, a small company that is 100% dependent on their newly acquired IPR, and cannot afford to allow RISC OS Ltd to continue breaching the conditions of their licence.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 6/7/04 12:35AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Prototype affordable Braille display in development
    A low-cost computer-controlled Braille board has been prototyped by a RISC OS-using university student. Undergraduate Edward Rogers hopes to sell his completed units for as little as 200 quid each to schools and families to allow more blind children to continue learning Braille. And he said he wanted to launch his venture using RISC OS-powered kit before offering a package for other platforms.
     10 comments, latest by epokh on 27/6/09 12:49PM. Published: 22 Nov 2008

  • Random article

  • September news round up
    RISC OS Open, XScale, RISC OS school, and show news [Updated]
     31 comments, latest by AMS on 23/09/06 6:29PM. Published: 18 Sep 2006

  • Useful links

    News and media:
    IconbarMyRISCOSArcSiteRISCOScodeANSC.S.A.AnnounceArchiveQercusRiscWorldDrag'n'DropGAG-News

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    Dealers:
    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster

    Usergroups:
    WROCCRONENKACCIRUGSASAUGROUGOLRONWUGMUGWAUGGAGRISCOS.be

    Useful:
    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign


    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "Unless and until you are willing to produce the evidence to back up your assertions, please cease and desist making these allegations"
    Page generated in 0.0703 seconds.