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[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 doing. 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 doing. 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 products. 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, -Carl Sassenrath Founder & CTO REBOL Technologies At 10/8/00 08:45 AM -0800, you wrote: