Surprisingly, that part is very easy if you have the cash. You licence it from Microsoft. They'll always take your money!felix123 wrote:Question 1, how do you propose we get the source code?
Very true; people would expect too much out of the OS, but like I said, I think it would provide an interesting alternative to linux (not that there is anything wrong with linux). And it is also true that not many people would be willing to support such an OS on the RPi when there are so many nice flavours of linux coming out and other ARM based OSes (which are all free). Although, I did read somewhere that the BeagleBoard has WinCE 7 as one of the OSes it supports. Does anyone know more about this? I am almost curious if someone got the permission from microsoft...obarthelemy wrote:Actually, this has been mentioned several times almost since day 1. Can't seem to search for "windows ce" though.
IIRC, the issues were that
- nobody's really interested in paying to port it, document it, support it. Especially not the Foundation.
- the benefits are few, mostly "it looks like Windows", which can be achieved in Linux too with minimal effort
- there's a lot less software, especially on the "learning to program" side of things, but also.. on all other sides...
- it's not FOSS, so people have practical (limited hacking/tweaking) and philosophical issues with it.
My pet one: there's already too many OSes/distros available/planned for the Pi. We need to stop self-fragmenting and focus on putting out one that works, and works wel, and is supported and documented.
This is in reference to the Beagleboard and Beagleboard xM Board Support Packages for Windows CE, and not a port for the Raspberry Pi.chris1982 wrote:As a background the Windows CE port was done by MPC Data Limited (now part of BSquare). A free binary evaluation image can be obtained from Bsquare. The BSP (Board Support Package) sources are available for commercial use at cost:
Should say Dreamspark Premium account, as a regular Dreamspark account doesn't have access to the Compact version that's required to get it to run on ARM.Warg wrote:I happen to have a MSDN AA account with access to Windows Embedded 7 Compact
Well, the Foundation only really concentrates on one distro - Raspbian. That's where all the dev work is done, where all the 'perfection' is aimed!MaDoGK wrote:Personally i agree with obarthelemy, theres to many distros. We should aim at perfecting one or a few distros.
That being said, if your gonna make a windows for the pi, why not go for windows RT?
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