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[REBOL] Re: Tuples - Was Pair! thread

From: carl:cybercraft at: 8-Feb-2002 23:56

On 08-Feb-02, [Robbo1Mark--aol--com] wrote:
> Maarten / Gregg > The good thing about benevolent dictators for example Linus Torvalds > (Linux), Larry Wall (Perl), Guido Van Rossum (Python) is that they > make their program / project source code available, that is why they > are benevolent. Yes they strictly control and decide upon what goes > into the "official" code base or release and that's where the > dictator part of the title comes from. > However with Linux, Perl & python, if some feature is missing or > something doesn't work for you then you can change it or implement > it differently yourself ( or pay someone to do it for you) and > create your own modified version that works for you. These changes > don't affect the "official" released versions but if they're useful > and provide value then they may or may not find their way into the > official code base if the benevolent dictator eventually decides to > accept your patches, or not!
That may be fine for some software, but it isn't for a cross-platform, cross-Internet language. You can be sure that once people started rolling their own REBOLs the Net would fill up with scripts that weren't compatible with your version of REBOL.
> THIS it aint so with REBOL, BUT I aint complaining about that. > however I for one would much prefer it if Carl Sassenrath adopted > the benevolent dictator model but Iam not going to hold my breath > waiting. > Best wishes, > Mark Dickson
-- Carl Read