[Python-Dev] Re: ajuba acquired by interwoven
Eric S. Raymond
Mon, 23 Oct 2000 17:58:20 -0400
Andrew Kuchling <email@example.com>:
> Some details begin to emerge at
> It looks like some of their proprietary code will be released as open
> source, possibly including the TclPro development environment. The
> new company will not be funding Tcl/Tk development, and instead it's
> up to the 14 members of the recently-formed Tcl core team. I don't
> know if any of those people are being paid to work on Tcl, but
> probably at least some of them are. I expect this will cause a good
> deal disruption, perhaps even a fatal amount, particularly if core
> developers such as Jeffrey Hobbs no longer work on Tcl full-time.
Good for Tcl: they *have* a core team now
Bad for Tcl: at 14 it's too big, unless there's some inner core of no
more than three or four architects.
Good for Tcl: Much of the proprietary code will go open.
Bad for Tcl: Not clear whether the two Ajuba employees "replaced" are
on the new core team. Not clear whether their time
available will increase or decrease.
Good for Tcl: Osterhout's rather lame attempts to develop under a mixed
model have almost certainly come to an end in favor of
an Apache-like model funded by big Tcl users.
With good leadership, they could manage the transition to something
resembling the Apache Software Foundation's organization. If so, Tcl
might actually improve.
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