[FOSS] On the creation of Rev to Web tools

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Wed Sep 15 11:44:50 EDT 2010


there goes my thread :-(

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM, wayne durden <wdurden at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Malte,
>
> I too have pondered the question.  I ended up feeling that the "buy in"
> required by the commercial nature of the main product limits uptake by
> young
> blood (generally poor) in numbers necessary to create open source momentum.
>
> I have watched Ruby go from zero to being on the radar in the interim, and
> few up and comers are going to latch onto runrev/livecode in the same way.
> The no cost versions of the product are limited by commercial necessity and
> those limits will always weigh on the balance of youngsters choosing
> between
> the full package in a "free" language/IDE versus a reduced package here.
>
> It seems a by-product of the necessity of RunRev/Kevin/Markula/unknown
> ownership interests et al. needing to earn a return on their investment.  I
> have been discouraged in concluding that while the base may grow it
> probably
> can never capture the explosive exponential growth phase that the truly
> successful open source languages have that only come with a couple orders
> of
> magnitude of extra sets of eyeballs in the mix.
>
> The product remains a wonderful "secret weapon" but will always languish
> behind the frontier of the evolving landscape.
>
> I really wish that a wealthy benefactor like Bill Gates would buy the whole
> thing and release it all and let a thousand variations bloom and weed
> themselves out...
>
> Until it is absolutely no cost for the full version you simply won't get
> teens on board in number, the ones with unlimited time and no commercial
> obligations, and otaku like devotion to tackle the next new thing...
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