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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Making Xalan XSLTC work with Cocoon
Date Wed, 27 Mar 2002 20:11:30 GMT
"Jacek R. Ambroziak" wrote:
> 
> On Wednesday 27 March 2002 04:42 am, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> > I fully believe in the power of communities and I strongly believe that
> > no single person, no matter how smart and brilliant, can match the power
> > of the distributed IQ of a sane and focused open development community.
> 
> How about Mike Kay?  :-)

Mike Kay is for sure a very talented engineer and there are many other
examples of talented individuals around, but how the outbreak of the
open source development model shows pretty clearly, the effort invested
in communities pay off much more than those invested in individual
projects that die out once the man behind the show gets tired of it (see
JClark's XT, for example).

I'm pretty sure that a single individual can create an entire XSLT
processor and do a good job at it (it's not rocket science after all),
but in the longer term the picture changes drasticly.

This is why I try not to base my long term efforts on something that is
individually-based.

You might not care at all, but from this side of the fence, as very
heavy users of XSLT technology, we must be *extremely* cautious and your
fork is perceived as harmful more than useful to us, at this point and
I'm very sad about this.

Ah, one point which might be worth noting: I dislike the fact that two
projects are now sharing the same name.

Sun was the original owner of the XSLTC acronym but that was donated
along with the code to the ASF which decided to cover it with the Apache
License, which protects the use of those terms.

Xalan team: you forgot to update your license to include "XSLTC" in the
terms that redistributors aren't allowed to use. I strongly suggest you
to do so. This will prevent future abuses of the term (but
unfortunately, it won't cover past ones)

Jacek: I would suggest you to change the name of your project so to
avoid confusion (this will also serve you as a purpose of increasing
visibility for your personal effort).

Thanks.

-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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