[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
> Best wishes,
> Mark Dickson