RISC OS is a very nice OS with its own advantages. It is still my primary OS, probably will be for the foreseeable future.
Qjimbo wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:19 pm
It is a very nice OS. It's just unfortunate it's not full open sourced (just shared source) otherwise we'd probably see a lot more development and applications for it.
Do to the modular nature of RISC OS, it is surprising that truly Open Source replacements for all the modules have not began to appear yet. I still say that there would be an advantage in rewriting the modules that make up RISC OS in an Open Source (BSD or MIT license) form, and this can be done a little at a time, it is just a matter of getting enough people interested in doing so (and preserving the largely assembly language nature of RISC OS).
A good rewrite would also solve the toolchain problem. Currently Norcroft C and the DDE are needed to compile RISC OS, a rewrite could use open source assemblers, C compilers, and other tools.
We would just need enough people that want to see an Open Source RISC OS, and enough people willing to write in ARM Assembly language (to keep many of the advantages of RISC OS).