[TxMt] Are there any plans to make TextMate free and open source?
allan at macromates.com
Sun Aug 28 23:59:05 UTC 2005
On 28/08/2005, at 12.13, Kris Khaira wrote:
> Are there any plans to make TextMate free and open source?
There are no short term plans of making it F/OSS. It would be cool to
have it free (as in speech, not beer) in the future, but currently
there are too many reasons not to.
> [...] I'm suggesting this because it might actually improve
> TextMate without incurring a loss on its developers.
If you're actually advocating free as in beer, then the loss is
inevitable. I have no idea what business model you have in mind that
involves making money off of popularity. Donations doesn't work for
software (as has been shown time after time), I can't make money from
Google Ads (ask around), and I have no idea what technical support
you refer to -- and would you really like to see me do technical
support rather than work on the TextMate code base?
As for the improvements, at present I think these would only be
marginal, and I'd have to spend time supervising “external”
development -- plugins is the better route for allowing other
developers to improve TM.
Contributing to a project like TM is not like fixing typos in a book.
I'm curious, are you involved in any F/OSS project(s) yourself?
> And after Mozilla Firefox's success, I believe that anything is
They get funded by Netscape, IBM, Novell and many other industry
players who have strong interests in seeing a standards compliant
browser/alternative to MS/IE. So I don't think you can extrapolate
anything from the Firefox success and contribute that to it being F/OSS.
There are btw several F/OSS text editor projects for the Mac :)
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