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[REBOL] Re: Rebol better than EyeOS

From: carl::cybercraft::co::nz at: 17-Jun-2006 11:29

On Saturday, 17-June-2006 at 0:28:52 Alessandro Manotti wrote,
>Browser? No. >I didn't talk about browser. >Rebol is better than any browser.
But good-enough is all it takes for a technology to become pervasive, and web-browsers were already pervasive before REBOL was released. REBOL can't replace them, (short of a better browser being written in REBOL itself), and people won't want yet another window open on their screen, (which, if a desktop, you'll have to open before you even get to the app you want to open...), so working within a web-browser window is the only sensible approach.
>I noticed many people say that "this thing is needed", "I want that >application", but not many people really try to do something. >I think the problem is Rebol license. For example, I created two programs, >but Rebol View/PRO is need (about 99$). How manny people buy that version, >compared to the ones that use free version? > >More (my 2'cents opinion): some people think "since Rebol is produced not >for free, then if I need a tool such company must create that tool. Why >should I create a tool just to let them gain money?" (since my tool takes >popularity to Rebol). > >I think these are very important problems regarding Rebol diffusion.
This is a discussion that's been going on since REBOL began. Why don't web-hosts have REBOL/core available like they do PHP or perl or Python or Ruby on Rails and so on? If it's not because they're open-source and REBOL isn't, then why? What RT needs to decide is whether they want REBOL to have some direct influence on the future of computing or just keep making however much money they're making from it now. (Note that in the past I didn't support the calls to open-source REBOL. But that was in the days when they used to release the latest versions for all the platforms they were then supporting in the same week. And they were supporting many more platforms then than they do now. The pragmatist in me says that since your method of marketing isn't working and the competition's is, then your method's wrong and there's is right.) [small] Yes Joel, you were right. ;-) [/small] -- Carl Read.