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[REBOL] Re: oss revisited (briefly!)

From: robert:muench:robertmuench at: 12-Feb-2004 11:01

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 17:19:15 +0000 (GMT), Ged Byrne <[gedb01--yahoo--co--uk]> wrote:
> If the code was open source, users would have the > opportunity to add these features themselves, possibly > based on the efforts of other open source projects.
Hi, maybe, but I'm mostly sure we will use the homogeneous setup we get with Rebol. The danger is to get to many incompatible forks. It's not easy to keep this organized and on track on an open-source environment. Yes, there are examples where it works, but let's face it. Those groups are pushed by a very small team, the team keeps that small because the effort to get into the project from some point on is very high... The setup has some self-restrictions to keep it going ;-)) Can you add a new feature to Perl in 1 week?
> What benefits could Rebol/Core gain from cross > fertilisation with other open source projects like > OCAML and PLTScheme?
I don't know. We can create a Rebol standard library as well. The guys from Rebol.org are doing a very good job to setup a CPAN like model.
> RT are already giving away REBOL/Core, so it doesn't > make them money.
Which is generous I think.
> The product they do sell, such as the SDK or IOS could only benefit from > an enhanced > core.
No, I don't agree. These can only benefit from higher sales numbers. It's a business questions, not a technical one. Robert