Open source, closed source, and the value of code
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 14:45:52 EST 2016
Whichever way one cuts things, the most widely used programming
languages such as PASCAL and C++
are as FREE as the air. As long as a language remains Unfree it is
unlikely to be adopted widely.
While Runtime Revolution / Livecode have, until comparatively recently,
only had a closed source version of their programming environment, they
have almost always had a "cheap way in" in the form of a
lines-of-code-limited version, or a stacks-only-version; and had they
not they wouldn't have got as far as they did before they released their
open source version.
At the moment I cannot entirely understand what the 'problem' is. There
is a FREE version of Livecode
which to all intents and purposes is a very large subset of an Unfree
version. The FREE version is so
powerful that any "hobbyist" (a very, very fuzzy category if ever there
was: a 'hobbyist' is a bit like the boy who buys a small box of Lego
bits . . .) should be fully satisfied.
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