Roadmap for the future of RISC OS
Posted by Steve Revill Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:51:00 GMT
Following from the publishing of the source code on the ROOL site, RISC OS development has gained momentum over the past couple of years. We are close to a point where we can say one flavour of the OS, RISC OS 5, can run on most of the current platforms: Beagle Board, IYONIX pc, RiscPC, A7000 and emulation.
Within ROOL, we don’t want things to stop there. What we would like to see is for all of the talented developers out there to be paired up with tasks that they are interested in working on which contribute to the ‘greater good’ of the system.
As a tentative first step in that direction, we have published a list of the sorts of tasks which we feel could be adopted in order to move things along. We haven’t prioritised them or done anything more than simply enumerate everything (significant) that we can think of.
We’re sure there are more good ideas out there and there is probably some stuff in our Wish Lists forum that we’ve missed. We would very much welcome feedback from the community – so add the things to our list that you think are important to the future development of our favourite operating system.
Another thing which we believe is holding back the development of RISC OS is the lack of time that we the developers actually have to spare on doing the stuff we really want to be doing. The one thing that we believe could change that is cold, hard cash. It may sound mercenary but there is only so long anyone can give up their evenings and weekends before the family start to get annoyed! :)
An idea that we have been kicking around internally is to set up a fund, collected via donations, and then distributing this fund to developers in order to complete specific tasks. This would be done under a fairly formal contractual basis so we would effectively be paying contractors – but probably not at the rates they are used to!
If anyone is interested in developing this idea further, or can think of a way to raise a significant pot of funds, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Some time after the Summer, we might arrange for a get-together of interested parties to flesh out these ideas further.