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[REBOL] Re: Selling REBOL scripts

From: ddalley:idirect at: 8-Jan-2002 12:44

Hello, Sunanda: ----- Original Message ----- From: <[SunandaDH--aol--com]> To: <[rebol-list--rebol--com]> Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2002 10:12 AM Subject: [REBOL] Re: Selling REBOL scripts
> I want the ability to distribute scripts in a > secure way. By which I mean copy protected and tamper proof. > > If I distribute scripts now, anyone could copy them to anyone else; and > anyone could change them. > > In lots of instances both those abilities are ideals and not handicaps.
> I have given away scripts for free, and will continue to do so. > > But I need the freedom to do otherwise on occasion. > So, for all these reasons, I'd like to see some mechanism within Rebol for > the secure distribution of scripts. Encap is almost it. So, as I write > before, if RT can tweak Encap to meet the needs of the market, the
> could come earlier.
I agree with your reasons for wanting secure program releases completely! I go through the same problem with my ARexx work, which I do sell. I write programs that deal with other people's money, so I feel I >need< security, for, at least, some of my work. We are not asking for the world, here, just a way of either protecting or securing our work, with a modicum of reliability. COMAL 2.0 did this with ease, back in the mid-80's, with scripting programs! They had an open challenge for anyone to break any encrypted COMAL program; no-one succeeded, AFAIK. Why can't REBOL/Core do something similar today? I would put much more effort into releasing many more REBOL and ARexx programs, if only their environments were more secure. I even tried to arrange buying the only ARexx compiler, so that I could release it as free, open software, but the author wasn't reasonable about it. If I understand correctly, REBOL programs would be difficult to compile, and compiling for speed really isn't much of a concern, today. I apologise for all of these "I"s, but this is personal. Donald Dalley