[REBOL] Re: NTFS Stream Fun
From: joel:neely:fedex at: 7-Aug-2002 14:14
I've been following this whole discussion with an acute sense of
irony that provokes the following comments. No offense intended
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.