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[REBOL] Re: Rugby RIP

From: holger:rebol at: 17-Jan-2002 17:21

On Fri, Jan 18, 2002 at 10:26:07AM +1200, Carl Read wrote:
> Hmmm, perhaps that was the reference I was thinking of. My instincts > say to me that Maarten and RT have come to this decision together, > but that's just a gut feeling and could be wrong.
It is wrong. We at RT are as surprised about this as everyone else. At the technical level IOS does have some overlap in functionality with Rugby, but it is targetted towards different markets and applications than Rugby. I do not see any kind of threat for one of those products by the other and, from that perspective, see no reason to discontinue work on Rugby. Maarten may have had other reasons though. Also, keep in mind that Maarten released Rugby under the BSD license, which basically means that anyone can use the sources for any purpose, create derivative products (even commercial ones), include it in other products etc., all without having to pay royalties, as long as certain basic conditions are fulfilled (liability disclaimer, copyright notice etc.). For a developer the BSD license is one of the "nicest" licenses to work with, much better and less restrictive than, e.g., GPL. So there is really nothing preventing anyone else from picking up Rugby and continuing development on it. -- Holger Kruse [holger--rebol--com]