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Re: OutSpoken for Macintosh euthanized

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 01:13:34 +0100 (BST)
To: Kevin A Sesock <sesock@okstate.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20030612005625.F1099-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

On Wed, 11 Jun 2003, Kevin A Sesock wrote:

> I have a feeling that the W3C WAI interest group could at the very least
> put significant pressure on them to do so. It might just be enough.

That presupposes it's worth rescuing.  I don't know, and someone suggested
(in private email following my post) that it's tied to an old MacOS,
and that it might be more productive to start from existing Unix
products for OSX.

>	 What
> do you believe would be next step to get the vendor to open the code?

A polite request from someone who would take an active interest (not me -
I have no access to Mac hardware, nor expertise in HCI).

>	What
> license do you think we should push for? GPL? FreeBSD?

I wouldn't push for any until and unless the copyright holder asks
for suggestions.  "Release the source - or as much of it as isn't
prohibited by third-party copyright - and you might want to consider
using one of the established open source licenses, such as ..."

Opening the source might turn it into the worlds best app, but the
a-priori chances are higher it'll do nothing at all.  That depends
on many things, but above all it has to have enough to offer to
attract developers into reusing the source in preference to
working from scratch or using other existing programs,

Nick Kew
Received on Wednesday, 11 June 2003 20:13:38 UTC

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