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[REBOL] Re: Platforms to become 'unsupported'.........

From: roland:hadinger:arcor at: 16-Jul-2004 6:49

Hi Carl,
> Some of those reasons are technical ones, and a major other reason is it's > not open-source. I didn't support REBOL going open-source when RT was > managing to bring out updates for those 42 platforms all in the same week, > but I would now. Whether RT could dream up a business plan that'd make > them money by open-sourcing REBOL is a different matter though.
A good example of sucessfully going open source is the modeling and rendering software Blender ( Originally closed source, but like REBOL/view freely available for noncommercial use, development of Blender happened to be painfully slow back then, as there was just a very small team of developers. Similarly, the acceptance of Blender was not too great, although the software already incorporated many features. However, there was a critical mass of loyal users really supporting the open source development model and it became open source (story on Today, Blender is much more polished and development cycles are greatly reduced. There is a difference, though: back then, an open source alternative to Blender did not exist, so there were no 'distractions' to the community. REBOL on the other hand would have at least a few very successful contenders in the open source arena, popularity-wise. But in my opinion REBOL (as a language) is still superior to most of them (e.g. Python, Perl, PHP), so maybe it's not too late to go open source. -- R.