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From: rchristiansen:pop:isdfa:sei-it at: 21-Sep-2000 16:03

It is a strange beast, indeed. RT depends on developers to create applications to show that REBOL is a viable alternative. Meanwhile, developers of the open source persuasion see tractor application development as RT's responsibility, feeling REBOL itself could be maintained by the open source community. This argument seems to crop up in relation to all sorts of products nowadays. It seems "open source" as a marketing element is here to stay. Somehow products that are "open source" have become attractive to customers in the same way shampoos are attractive when they have not been tested on laboratory animals. Only time will tell whether or not open source software like operating systems and programming languages will become the standard vs. commercial, closed source options. I tend to think open source operating systems and programming languages WILL become the standard because of how we use them. Like electricity, gasoline, etc., they are becoming resources which need to be standardized. I see an inherent mistrust of closed source products amongst many developers because a closed source product can be taken away as quickly as it is given. It's kind of like not wanting to commit to a relationship with someone who hides things from you. This is how I perceive this behavior, at least. -Ryan