[BBC-Micro] MOS6 - Any programmers want to see a free BBC Microfirmware?
rick at rs432.net
Sun Oct 3 20:14:25 BST 2010
On 03/10/2010 19:49, F. Haroon wrote:
>>> Pace still have the 8-bit OS stuff, according to their
>>> IP specialist.
> What do Pace still want with all this? Are they ever using it?
Not the way to look at it.
* Do we actually own the IP to "this old crap"?
* Are we _sure_?
* Can we be assed to *pay* somebody to verify this?
* If so, can we devote the time and resources to find it, do
something with it, etc?
I don't think any company with long-forgotten IP sees a need to hold on
to that stuff (erm, Apple excepted, but Apple have always been an
exception... in an "Abort on data transfer" context, that is!); but
rather the time and effort and expenditure to what returns? And what if
they release something to the community that they didn't actually have
the rights to? 99.9% of us would say "big deal, it ain't the '80s no
more", but that leaves 1 copyright troll who might enjoy the chance of
It is a royal PITA, but I can understand why they'd prefer just to
ignore it. And for this reason, given Acorn's somewhat messy history, I
don't think we'll be seeing any open sourced BBC firmware.
About the best we can hope for is for various sources, if anybody still
has them and the media is still readable, to be "oops leaked", and the
copyright holder to not take any steps to enforce said copyright (as
would appear to be the current case). It won't be good enough for
Debian, but until somebody wins the lottery and makes an offer to *buy*
the IP, I don't think we'll get anywhere.
You know, I first raised this issue in 1999 on... was it comp.sys.acorn
or one of the argo groups? I forget. Anyway, I wasn't the only one
That's the sound of fast forwarding, specifically to a little over a
decade later. And the same question being asked. <sigh>
See you in 2022! ;-)
Rick Murray, eeePC901 & ADSL WiFI'd into it, all ETLAs!
BBC B: DNFS, 2 x 5.25" floppies, EPROM prog, Acorn TTX
E01S FileStore, A3000/A5000/RiscPC/various PCs/blahblah...
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