Jaco: "Normally open source means the source is open to look at."
Nope. Open source means exactly what the Open Source people said it meant - it wasn't a widely used term before they coined it. Whether or not you aim to adhere to the trademark requirements, calling "look but don't touch" stuff and "shared source" stuff "open source" is just deception.
"So open source don't need to be licence free."
Yet more deception here, too. Open source software generally has a licence attached, unless you're thinking of public domain works.
It's "shared source", not "open source", unless the powers that be have changed their mind about it. It might be interesting to know what the licence compatibility situation is like when people start porting Linux drivers to this platform, too.
We are not playing. We are doing what we were set out to do and keep RISC OS alive for the users and the companies involved in RISC OS for whom RISC OS is their living.
Funny way of doing so, I must say. It does look as if you are indeed "playing", at least from the perspective of anyone in the world beyond RISC OS. In the ten years since the demise of Acorn, RISC OS has languished while other platforms have eaten its lunch in just about every area it had any kind of advantage. The final straw must have been the whole netbook phenomenon: GNU/Linux (or Windows XP if you're wedded to The Man) on a hardware profile that would have been a natural complement to RISC OS back in the day. Oh, and there being a widespread proliferation of interesting ARM-based designs, many available to buy on a per unit basis for reasonable sums of money, and yet RISC OS is the "devil on skis" choice, hypothetically available for such devices if people weren't too busy squabbling and playing gatekeeper with their continually depreciating "intellectual property".
Technically, taking the sum of all the parts, RISC OS was obsolete back in the mid-1990s. RISC OS Ltd. speculated on there being substantial continued interest in the platform, which there may have been, but any acquisition of RISC OS was always going to involve a lot of renovation and improvement to keep the technology relevant. Ten years on, with people still arguing over who owns which bit, I think we can all see the preferred focus of various parties and, with even the most devoted champions of the platform going elsewhere, the final outcome: they think it's all over...
bluenose: "Still we can dream of another white knight riding in to produce ARM hardware"
There's a ton of ARM hardware being produced right now - the only thing in the way is RISC OS and its portability, although I note that someone has tried to do something about that. Shame the RISC OS "Open" licensing doesn't really help in the matter.
Of course, all this new hardware runs Linux well enough...