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   RE: [xml-dev] XUL Standardization: Lessons from the RSS Civil War

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A crew is arriving at your house tonight  
to take anything that you haven't polished, used, 
or otherwise shared with your neighbors.  If you 
object, we won't cut you in on the spoils and we 
may burn down your house leaving; if you 
help us, we will let your house stand, but we 
will own your silver for the good of the commons.

To the true inventors:  if you have a valuable idea or 
innovation and the moxie to build it, PATENT IT 
AND KEEP IT PROPRIETARY.  That is the only 
way the local laws will help you fight the 
web pirates who are flying the flag of community 
instead of the skull and crossbones.

Queen Elizabeth I decorated her buccaneers until 
the winds of world politics shifted.  Then she 
tossed 'em in jail.


From: Danny Ayers [mailto:danny666@virgilio.it]

Anyhow, I only wanted to say that there wasn't only Tim's veteran's-eye view
of the situation (which is a big plus for the project), there was also the
emerging view of the group, and that the two didn't entirely coincide. The
biggest deviation so far is in an area that to an outsider might look
trivial - the non-use of the name RSS (the current working name is now
Echo). But the naming issue has probably been the biggest single fan of
flames in the RSS fork inferno, and there were many that would only support
a New Format if the name (and its political baggage) were dropped.

Using a different name also brings a great psychological/practical gain - it
feels ok to tear things up and start again. Has XUL really reached the point
where that is the only clear route forward?


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