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[REBOL] Re: NTFS Stream Fun

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 7-Aug-2002 14:14

Hello, all, I've been following this whole discussion with an acute sense of irony that provokes the following comments. No offense intended to anyone... There was a discussion on the list a few months back about the notion of the source code for REBOL eventually becoming available. Someone asserted the view that this would be A Bad Thing since it would tempt/allow people to begin creating incompatible versions of REBOL, thus destroying the platform-independence that is such a desirable feature of the language. My response was that REBOL already offers the means to write platform-specific scripts that cannot be ported. The thing that keeps our scripts transparent/free/portable/virtuous is our own willingness/discipline to avoid using ANYTHING that locks us into a proprietary environment. The best way to avoid becoming Nazgul is to decline Sauron's offer of a ring, no matter how shiny (and powerful) it may be. -jn-