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    Operating System: A long day in coming

    Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 10:38 AM, (4196 Reads)

    I for one hoped but never imagined it would actually happen!

    RISC OS Ltd have released some code into the open source community!

    The open sorce code in question is the front end to !Printers+ and secondly, although not open source still welcome, Pop-up Printers (developed for the Iyonix). !Printers+ has been made available on the classic open source development website SourceForge specifically at the roprinters project page.

    Pop-Up printers takes !Printers to version 1.6 and whilst not to everyones taste, is certainly a welcome release as it can help a great deal with USB printers as it features Pop-up configuration. Included are drivers for a number of USB printers including Canon BJ S520, S450, S330, i550, S530D, Epson EPL58000 and HPDJ850C.

    According to the RISCOS Ltd press release, they 'are not releasing the [!Printers+] sources to the "back end" Printer Dumper modules at present', though they will quite happily co-operate with developers, so long as they are Select Scheme subscribers and sign appropriate agreements to get the technical low down.

    So overall what does this mean for the RISC OS community?

    Are we going to see collaboration similar to Sun / OpenOffice.org occurring?

    Are we to see an injection of a new lease of life into one area of RISC OS that has become quite embarrassing over the last few years? (As printer technology has moved on and RISC OS has lagged somewhat behind).

    In the fullness of time it will become evident whether this has any impact on the market. In the meanwhile if you are capable, why not have a look at the project and have a gander at the source!

    What do you think?

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