[REBOL] Open source project Re:(8)
From: carl:rebol at: 10-Oct-2000 18:04
Let me say something here...
We are not secretive. We are short on time. Extremely so. With the number of products
we deal with, multiplied by the number of systems they run on, we are stretched to the
max. You're not dealing with Microsoft or Sun here. We are a small company. The fact
that we've accomplished so much to date is because we strongly believe in what we are
Since I began REBOL, I have written thousands of pages of docs, tens of thousands of
lines of code, over 100,000 emails, dozens of useful utilities and scripts, hundreds
of web pages, hundreds of examples, dozens of press interviews, and a few articles.
Other members of the REBOL Team have contributed in similar ways, and some of you in
the REBOL community have also contributed. All of you have benefited from these efforts.
As a venture backed company that pays its engineers so they can work on their software
designs full time rather than just on weekends & late nights as a hobbyist, we need to
make money. Yes, we believe in our product and we believe in the REBOL community. Could
we do more for our community? I'm absolutely sure that we could. However, right now,
we've got to focus on REBOL the Company. We have to get our REBOL commercial products
finished and into the hands of paying customers. That is the reality of what we are
Will these commercial products be of benefit to you, you can bet on it. No, we won't
be giving away REBOL/Express. If you want Express, you'll have to buy it, and let me
warn you, it's not cheap. REBOL/Express serves a critical need in the world of Internet
based business, and we are going to charge for that. However, the building of REBOL/Express
will require additional functions and features be developed for our core software. Features
like multitasking, modules, view, graphics, audio, streaming media, dynamic components,
and developer tools are all essential, and they will be pushed seriously by commercial
REBOL applications. As REBOL grows as a company, so too will the features of all its
With regard to the specifics of buglists, knowledge-bases, and specs: I'm for it. But
help me out because I don't have the time or peoplepower to do everything for everybody.
Like I said: I've been focusing on YOU for four years now. I've had no life, just you.
Now, you've got to help me focus on REBOL the company. That is truly the most rewarding
path to the future, for all of us.
A REBOL as always,
Founder & CTO
At 10/8/00 08:45 AM -0800, you wrote: