[TxMt] Performance issues

Eric Coleman eric at aplosmedia.com
Sat May 27 05:42:26 UTC 2006


Amen :)  Regardless, I love TextMate and the Job you've done, and I'd  
gladly pay for it again.

Eric Coleman

On May 26, 2006, at 10:40 PM, Allan Odgaard wrote:

> On 26/5/2006, at 22:46, Timothy Reaves wrote:
>> [...] So when someone asks about performance and whatnot, you  
>> can't simply say 'you get what you pay for'
> While I personally would not use such phrase, I don’t see why you  
> can’t say such thing about TextMate.
> You pay an indie software developer €39 for a shareware  
> application. Did you not get a shareware application worth €39? Let  
> me remind you that hiring a software developer to do custom  
> development for you will likely cost €100 or more per hour (and I  
> doubt you can find anyone who can write something like TextMate in  
> less than a year), and it’s not uncommon to pay for support and/or  
> upgrades. I currently provide that as a free bonus, and even do  
> semi-custom development for you guys.
> I do this of own choosing, so it is not because I expect any  
> special gratitude for this gesture, but frankly your statement does  
> seem pretty out of place!
>> [...] compared to other similarly complex software, it costs a lot.
> No it does not. Commercial/shareware software of the same  
> complexity costs the same or more, sometimes much more. F/OSS is  
> hard to compare, but if you think of the high-profile projects like  
> Eclipse or Firefox, those projects are backed by companies who  
> invest millions of dollars in them (lookup the price for being a  
> Mozilla Foundation), even governments have put money into the  
> Mozilla project -- and those money do come from somewhere.
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