[ANN] Rodeo IDE preview video
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Mon May 31 05:33:24 EDT 2010
J. Landman Gay wrote:
> Since it's a third party product, I think the rodeo site would be more
Basically, Rev is turning into (has turned into? has always been?) a two
class product. There is one class, which can buy the add-ins and thus get
access to all kinds of interesting functionality, and where the basic
functionality works properly.
There is another class, which has just as much bought licenses, but which
gets to buy little or none of this add-on stuff, and in addition gets a
basic product that is not fit for professional development purposes.
The list increasingly reflects this fact, with more and more of the
discussion being simply irrelevant to licensees of the second class because
more and more of it is devoted to addons. Not that moving this stuff to
another list will solve the real problem. The problem is what functionality
one has access to, not where it is dicussed. It is clear that tRev, Rodeo
etc are really core functionalities of the product, so it is quite
understandable that people think of it as one thing they are discussing.
The user, given this, has a very simple choice to make at renewal time:
does he or she keep on being treated like this, or does he or she move to
My own answer is, if I don't get some sensible roadmap for this thing, I am
not renewing. As much out of a sense of indignation at how we are being
treated, as anything else. It doesn't have to be instant catchup, it
probably cannot be. It does not have to be instant porting of all add ons,
it probably cannot be. But there has to be some acknowledgment of what is
going on, and some published plan to fix it.
Rev is entering dangerous territory here. It is basically destroying its
credibility as a provider of a Linux development environment. So
effectively, its betting its future on one view of the Linux market. Could
work out, but its dangerous. Risk is not what has happened, after the fact.
Risk is what could happen before it.
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