Open Source Kickstarter Report Card

William Prothero prothero at earthednet.org
Mon Aug 17 17:29:15 CEST 2015


I contributed to kickstarter because I saw the vision of a reasonably priced authoring system that kept up with the always evolving technology.  Some technologies are important to a few high level developers, while others become widely adopted, like pdf and zip. The idea that the livecode vision would be “frozen in time” and future enhancements would be charged extra, certainly is contrary to what I had expected.

I have the resources to pay for my authoring system. The opensource option will bring in new users, which is good. I want the mothership to be sustainable. However, I do think they will need to be strategic about what goes into the free and “indie” versions and what they include in an enhanced version of some kind. If I have to buy a costly enhanced package to get widely standard capabilities like pdf and zip, I will not like it at all.

Regards,
Bill

> On Aug 17, 2015, at 4:31 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On 17/08/15 13:16, Mark Schonewille wrote:
>> "At the time of the Kickstarter campaign" was not made explicit.
> +1
> 
> Indeed.
> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> Best regards,
>> 
>> Mark Schonewille
>> 
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>> On 8/17/2015 08:44, Peter TB Brett wrote:
>>> On 2015-08-17 06:43, John Dixon wrote:
>>>>> Fully agreed. Which is why I hope the LC Team continue to focus on
>>>>> their Commercial Customers and provide them with features that keep
>>>>> them coming back.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I think I've made it obvious I feel the LC Team should be cut some
>>>>> slack and Commercial Customers deserve a feature set beyond just
>>>>> locked code.
>>>> 
>>>> The Kickstarter campaign announced  a community version (open source)
>>>> that would be the same as a commercial version (closed source) , less
>>>> the ability to secure code ?... Why should that change ?
>>> 
>>> Nothing has changed.
>>> 
>>> The Kickstarter campaign (which was *well* before I joined the project)
>>> announced an open source community version of LiveCode that would have
>>> all the features that were in the commercial version **at the time of
>>> the Kickstarter campaign**.  As far as I have been able to tell, at no
>>> point did RunRev rule out adding new, commercial-only features in the
>>> future.
>>> 
>>>                                  Peter
>>> 
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