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RISCOS Ltd and Castle Technology Ltd announce new co-operative Agreement on future RISC OS Development

15th October 2004

For immediate release

RISCOS Ltd and Castle Technology Ltd announce new co-operative
Agreement on future RISC OS Development

Castle Technology Ltd and RISCOS Ltd are delighted to announce that
late on Friday 15th October they concluded negotiations on a new
Licence Agreement that ensures a bright future for all areas of RISC OS

The new licence ensures that both RISC OS 4 and RISC OS 5 will be
merged together, as soon as practically possible and that clear areas
of responsibility have been established ensuring that duplication of
effort is minimised.

Paul Middleton Managing Director of RISC OS Ltd said “I’m sure that all
the RISC OS users who have waited for the availability of the Select
Desktop experience will be delighted to know that they can expect to
enjoy it on many more platforms, such as the IYONIX pc, next year.”

Jack Lillingston Managing Director of Castle said “This is fantastic
news for all parties concerned and I know that this sets sound
foundations for a bright new future of RISC OS. Castle will continue
with the IYONIX pc and other desktop products, whilst Tematic (a
trading division of Castle) will focus its activities on the embedded
sector. This means that more and more devices using RISC OS will become
available around the world.”

John Ballance, CTO of Castle Technology explained that “merging the two
versions of RISC OS together makes very good sense. This means a set of
standard APIs for RISC OS and this will be of great benefit to RISC OS

Mike Glover of Icon Technology, who chaired the discussions, pointed
out that “this solution ensures that RISC OS 4 will continue to be
available for the foreseeable future and that all RISC OS hardware and
software developers will continue to supply their products.”  

All RISC OS users are warmly invited to attend the Guildford RISC OS
Show on Saturday 23rd October in order to talk to everyone concerned
with this fantastic new development.

More information from:

Paul Middleton
Tel: 02920 464020

Jack Lillingston
Castle Technology Ltd
Tel: 01728 723200