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Username: gdshaw
Realname: Graham Shaw
About me:Author of: The RISC OS Toolkit (a C++ application framework); RiscPkg (a package manager for RISC OS).
Homepage: http://www.sagitta.demon.co.uk/riscos/
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Recent comments

On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

In reply to Druck: Perhaps it's just as well he didn't spot the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' mousemat :-)

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 30/4/08 10:37AM
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On RISC OS development charity taking shape:

In reply to rpc4ever:

And yet you are (presumably) willing to give money to private corporations - and through them, their shareholders. How odd.

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 26/6/07 8:25PM
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On Castle reveal shared source licence:

One further point that occurs to me: I am very pleased to see that the term 'Shared Source' is being used now rather than 'Open Source'. Whether previous comments in this forum have had any influence here I do not know, but if they have, thank you for listening.

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 19/5/07 6:08AM
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On Castle reveal shared source licence:

I have mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, installing a complete disc image using a package manager has just become a realistic proposition. This had always been one of my objectives - you can just about boot a system using my half-finished !Boot and !System applications - and whatever you think about the licence, it is something we can live with in this context.

There will also be benefits to developments such as my threading module - it is much easier to fix bugs if you can see what you are trying to interact with.

OTOH, this makes it rather less likely that we will ever have a usable version of RISC OS under a real Open Source licence, or which targets other processors.

(I've been preparing another small contribution to the above - it's a free implementation of the filer module and is in the RiscPkg source repository.)

On balance though, a welcome development and one that will benefit my work significantly.

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 19/5/07 5:53AM
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On App development plans to be hatched at Wakefield:

In reply to Stoppers:

Being a customer in a small market is inevitibly a very different experience from what you would normally come to expect as a consumer. In particular, there is a much greater degree of inter-dependence. If suppliers want to sell then they need to respect and care about the customer - but if customers want to retain the ability to buy then they must care about the supplier.

If we try to avoid this reality then I think the market will simply disappear. On the other hand, it is clear that some users - rightly or wrongly (and probably a bit of both) - feel exploited by the current situation.

Where I think we can and should change is to improve transparency and accountability, because it is the lack of these which causes much of the current frustration that we see. This is one of the key points that my proposal is intended to address.

 is a RISC OS Usergdshaw on 29/04/07 2:41PM
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