You might remember Refraction image editor (http://www.xentronix.com/products/software/refraction) which once was considered as ‘Photoshop Lite for BeOS’. Last time it was updated around 2005 and after that the development stopped. There were news about the rights being sold to yellowTab and then Magnussoft but these companies also never continued the development. I’ve contacted the developer, Frans van Nispen, regarding open-sourcing Refraction and here is his reply:
"The cost to be able to opensource it would be around 10.000 Euro’s. That would cover the cost to update the licensing, double check the code for any licensing issues, deal with our former associates, etc…
This does not cover our intellectual property, nor the cost of development, though we would be willing to donate that part to the Haiku community. Meaning that if you can raise the 10k by crowd funding, we will opensource it."
What does Haiku community think of it? Is Refraction still important as native BeOS/Haiku software and if yes - is it possible to raise requested sum? AFAIK all other BeOS native image editors (Becasso, Artpaint etc.) have been abandoned much earlier and even being open-sourced they don’t have feature-parity with Refraction (and sadly nobody contributes to them it seems).