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Re: [News] RISC OS Releases Source Code

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Monday 02 October 2006 06:33 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> RISC OS 5 source code release revealed
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Castle and RISC OS Open Ltd have revealed their ambitious plan to release
>>| the source code of various RISC OS 5 components. Under a so-called
>>| 'shared source initiative', a phased release of RISC OS is promised to
>>| take place over the next few months - starting with applications
>>| including Paint, Edit, Draw, Configure, Unicode, the web browser Browse,
>>| and the printer manager. The Shared C Library and RISC OS build scripts
>>| will also be released, according to CTL and ROS Open.
>> `----
>> http://www.drobe.co.uk/riscos/artifact1706.html
>> Their head manager has been talking about and pondering Open Source for a
>> while. Last month he was discussing the merits and the financial impact of
>> OS.
>> As a side note, this morning I came across an abscure standalone O/S (not
>> Web-based and not ReactOS). Have a look:
>> http://www.menuetos.net/
> Looking down the comments, it appears that the licensing terms are not
> going to be all that popular.  I wonder if RiscOS shouldn't consider
> dual licensing to include GPL?  I know that moving to a support-model is
> a risk, but that doesn't mean that it can't be done.

I've pulled the following from my Web browser's history:


I think it demonstrates the rationale behind this decision. Dual licensing is
the key to success, according to a very recent article. It's a case of
evolve or die. I think that RISC may evolve in the wrong direction.

How to use open source as a power marketing tool

,----[ Quote ]
| There are a number of ways traditional software vendors can participate
| in the open source software community. They circulate around open
| source licenses, such as the GNU General Public License (GPL), and
| how to leverage open source software as a marketing tool.
| [...]
| Traditional software vendors need to recognize the shift taking place
| is driven not only by successful open source projects, but also by the 
| rapid and broad adoption of open source in the customer marketplace. The 
| numbers behind open source adoption are compelling. Linux in both the 
| United States and Asia is the fastest growing operating system ever. As 
| measured by hostnames, Netcraft reports that the Internet has grown 26.1 
| percent over the past 12 months, over 67 percent of it served up by open 
| source Apache servers.


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