[REBOL] Re: Platforms to become 'unsupported'.........
From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 14-Jul-2004 13:12
Mauro Fontana napsal(a):
>>I know it can be frustrating, but that is the reality. Wouldn't you
>>after all like to see View on your PDA instead? Will BeOS or AmigaOS be
>>present on any such device? IMO not, not so soon, or the userbase will
>>be insignificant anyway ...
>This is not the good point, however.
>Dropping "secondary" platforms to concentrate on mainstreams one is not
>what made rebol "famous". The "more then 42 platforms supported" written
>somewhere on the site features is something quite astonishing.
>I can remember that the first rebol/core users were not Win or Mac ones.
>So it would be quite a bad policy to drop them now.
>IMHO, if you have to compete with open source projects which are
>"pervasive" on other minor platform I think a pervasive porting is
>necessary. PDA can be good, but I can't really see anything rebol can do
>for them which improves their usage or boost rebol approval on the user
>So I think this PDA user base would be even smaller that Amiga or BeOS
>Simply put, I can't see Rebol as a successful idea if it is limited to the
>mainstream platforms where, it is well known, only mainstream
>packages/applications coming from mainstream companies are widely used and
>accepted. It would just be another anonymous tool in the almost never used
>by anyone ocean of utilities.
Well, I understand what do you mean, but you completly forgot
developers. IMO PDA OSes may be pretty strategic decision to support.
Imagine View powered by AGG, plug-ins, VM for pixel manipulation - we
would get nice development tool. Well, I hope something can be done
about memory usage, but even today's PDAs start to have 128MB at least.
It would not be tool for end users, but app produced by such PDAs could
be very popular. Rebol is nicely internet aware, so lot's of usefull
apps could be produced ...