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From: chalz:earthlink at: 19-Feb-2002 1:16

If anyone's read Neal Stephenson's hefty volume, "Cryptonomicon", it contains a rather close semblence to what's going on here. Essentially, a small company which has some lofty goal, but before it can get to the really fun stuff, they have to come up with killer apps to give them the extra seed money. No venture capitalist puts money into a pure research group. Who knows what the ultimate goals for CarlS et al are. But the fact of the matter is, they need money. They need to eat, pay bills, etc. The hope for many of us should be that IOS takes off and becomes a grand success. Then, additional people can be hired to take on various other jobs, so the developers can stick just to developing, and not having to manage departmental budgets, for instance. And, once the main product has enough momentum, you can shrug off the patching and updating work to interns, while your big brains get to work on the good stuff. Then we can see leaps and bounds in the fundamentals of REBOL, and further support for us moochers (I'm a hobbyist, so it's not worth it, to me, to purchase the full-on product, not at current rates), so we can continue to spread the plague, so to speak. If more people use free versions of REBOL, and it's good, very very good, more people will be likely to want to procure the high-end stuff to support REBOL development LANs and servers in general, to take advantage of this. Hmm... I'm fantasizing again. I'm stopping now. --Charles