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 > -----Original Message-----
> From: Chad Perrin [mailto:perrin / apotheon.com]
> Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 5:46 PM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: Re: Ruby Editor
>
> On Sun, Jul 22, 2007 at 06:01:39AM +0900, John Joyce wrote:
> > >
> > Open source is nice sometimes, but it isn't the most
> important thing
> > to everyone.
> > There's no need to ignore software because it's closed source.
>
> It appeared pretty clear to me that Robert's point was that,
> like all proprietary, closed source software, TextMate may
> one day disappear from the market simply on the whim of the
> copyright holder (or because the copyright holder "goes out
> of business", gets hit by a bus, whatever).
> As such, putting all your eggs in the TextMate basket may be
> kind of a losing proposition.
>
> There are other reasons to prefer open source over closed
> source, as well.  All in all, I don't think TextMate is good
> enough that it overcomes the negatives of being a closed
> source, proprietary application.  There are cases where, in a
> strictly technical sense, the benefits of a given piece of
> software *do* overcome the detriments, but for my money this
> is not one of them.  This in no way means that whether or not
> something is open source is the only, or even biggest,
> concern, but rather that whether it's open source is simply
> an *important* concern.
>
> Your mileage may vary.
>
> --
> CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ] John W.
> Russell: "People point. Sometimes that's just easier. They
> also use words. Sometimes that's just easier. For the same
> reasons that pointing has not made words obsolete, there will
> always be command lines."
>

Any given open source editor may disappear from the market if the developers 
decide to no longer work on the project. Of course, you have the theoretical 
possibility to pick up the project, but that assumes skill in the development 
language, a project tidy enough to be picked up by somebody else, that you 
have enough time to work on it etc. - or betting on the fact that somebody 
else will continue the work. Once your own business and money are involved, 
that's not a bet I'd want to take, but I'm not a gambling person.

Personally, whether a particular tool is open source is never my top concern, 
my top concern is essentially ROI.

But as you said, mileages tend to vary. 

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