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From: news:ted:husted at: 21-Sep-2000 16:37

On 9/21/2000 at 12:40 PM [ryanc--iesco-dms--com] wrote:
> This is why I think we should let things play out a bit longer before
showing everyone how its done. Python, PHP, MySQL are all wildly popular, and Open Source. No mammoth marketing team has swept in and taken them over. Your arguments might sound reasonable to suits who don't know any better, but the software marketplace doesn't actually work that way. In practice, very few Open Source projects ever splinter. The people smart enough to make them splinter are smart enough to keep that from happening. Things like Javascript have splintered badly, but that's because they were not Open Source, and vendors implemented their own closed source in different ways. All that happens is that people like Elan, Gabrial, Lemir, and Joel don't waste time ruminating about how REBOL is implemented. Rather, they can contribute working code to the project. Carl would still control what goes into the kernal. But Carl doesn't want that to happen, and so it won't. Pity, because it might free up some of his developers to create real-life reference applications, and then maybe more people would put REBOL to work. -Ted.