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[REBOL] Re: oss revisited (briefly!)

From: gedb01:yaho:o at: 10-Feb-2004 17:19

Hi Robert, --- ""Robert_M._M=FCnch"" <[robert--muench--robertmuench--de]> wrote: >
> On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 09:36:10 -0900, Tim Johnson > <[tim--johnsons-web--com]> > wrote: >
[...]
> Well, why not? If someone can tell me a really > benefit Rebol being > open-source I might change my POV. Sorry, if this > sound a bit harsh here, > but only moaning without showing a solution is not > that professional. > > -- > Robert M. M=FCnch > Management & IT Freelancer > Mobile: +49 (177) 245 2802 > http://www.robertmuench.de > -- > To unsubscribe from this list, just send an email to > [rebol-request--rebol--com] with unsubscribe as the > subject. >
I think the main benefit to making Rebol/Core open source will be an improvement in the feature set. At the moment there is deman for features like new datatypes and unicode support. We are reliant on RT for these. 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. For example, both Ruby and Python have borrowed a lot of their standard libraries from Perl's code base. What benefits could Rebol/Core gain from cross fertilisation with other open source projects like OCAML and PLTScheme? RT are already giving away REBOL/Core, so it doesn't make them money. The product they do sell, such as the SDK or IOS could only benefit from an enhanced core. ________________________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Messenger - Communicate instantly..."Ping" your friends today! Download Messenger Now http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/download/index.html