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[REBOL] Re: free REBOL?

From: rebol:techscribe at: 1-Aug-2003 12:29

Hi Mike. I don't think that you have provoked any ire whatsoever and - as far as I'm concerned - you have no reason to apologize.. I have spent a number of years mulling over this topic, and - without getting into details - I think the view you present is perfectly leigitimate. There are scenarios in which what you say makes perfectly sense. Other scenarios do not lend themselves to this kind of approach. See the mixed model, for instance, that is used for Tcl. I also feel that there are some important questions that you should be aware of, and that are just as legitimate. Anyway, I don't see that RT would stand to gain by giving away their more feature-rich software for free. Nor do I think that I would gain by them doing so, because - unless they found some generous sponsor to make it lucrative for them to continue to improve and enrich REBOL -, they would have to eventually reduce their support for REBOL and none of us are served if that happens. If RT is to be successful, then their efforts to provide a superior development tool, combined with my/your/other REBOL scripters additional efforts to package RT's technology as some product that targets the market of technology consumers, must generate a sufficiently large income stream to support all participating contributors, namely us, the REBOL scripters, and the RT team as well. I think the future of REBOL is of interest to all of us, and it is useful that we raise this kind of topic on the mailing list. We simply have to keep in mind that REBOL is not only a scripting language and interpreter, it is also a team of people that - like all of us - need to see their efforts rewarded financially, and - as their clients - they depend on us to make that happen. I am certain that RT will appreciate any and all bright ideas that will help them generate a stronger income stream. Giving their software away for free may - perhaps - not be that bright idea ... ;-) . Take Care, ;- elan [mh9831--comcast--net] wrote: