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Your "no little matter" message describes how copyrights and patents
inhibit true innovation. If everyone were using an open source
operating system, evey development innovation would become a part of that
single operating system.
The world would be uniform in its basic approach to e-information,
compatibilty between systems and users would be enhanced, users would have
many more applications to choose from, software would be more widely
distributed, and developers would not have to select a segment of the
market for their innovations and developments.
Your email reveals in vivid terms technoloy quenching by operation of
rule of law. The rule of law (copyright and patents) terminates
technology which either competes with or diverts from mainstream corporate
Thanks for your message.
On Thu, 7 Jul 2005, Liam Quin wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 05:51:35PM -0400, Frank Richards wrote:
> > By itself it doesn't sound like a big deal. But it says a lot about the
> > SGML/xml-doc world. A niche market company nobody ever heard of is
> > buying Arbortext to fill a gap in a kludged up product line that might
> > let them play Corel to AutoCAD's Microsoft. What makes it sting even
> > more is that XMetal was picked up by a web advertising company because
> > it was cheaper to buy XMetal than migrate to OpenOffice.
> Before that, SoftQuad Author/Editor was bought by Interleaf,
> and as far as I can tell never saw the light of day again.
> And Synex AB (the developers behind SoftQuad Panorama) was bought
> by InSo (who had bought EBT, and who were then bought by Enigma).
> But industry these days is a fish-eat-fish world.
> > We are not where it's at folks.
> Or, we're in demand :-)
> At any rate, best wishes to all the folks at Arbortext -- let's
> hope it works out well for them!