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[REBOL] Re: Rebol vs SARS

From: gchiu:compkarori at: 3-May-2003 9:14

On Fri, 2 May 2003 15:14:39 -0400 Tom Foster <[tofo--695online--com]> wrote:
>Good Article. let me zero in on this line from it: > >It's also doubtful that making it open source to appeal >to the >hacker community will have much of a benefit. > >Sorry, I couldn't help myself. > >Why would that not be a benefit? The programmers that I >know can >already make (whatever language) flow from their >fingertips. No matter >how great rebol is, or what benefits it offers, it's been >very >difficult for me to get them to care. > >I don't mean to be contrary at all. This is simply what >I have >observed. Even if opening up rebol is not the end-all >solution to widening >rebol's appeal, it would probably help.
hehe. I put that line in, even though I did not truly believe it, to provoke some more discussion. Naughty of me. Here's Paul Graham's viewpoint on what makes a language popular: But is open source truly a necessity? Was it necessary for TurboPascal, visual basic? May be that times have changed and now open source is an essential requirement, but my take is that getting major nodes or influential people may be far more important than open sourcing. But if the influential people are also advocates of open source, then we may have a problem. The other problem is how to identify major nodes... -- Graham Chiu Rebol Encyclpaedia Project