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From Rasmus Lerdorf <ras...@lerdorf.com>
Subject Re: Antw: RE: consider reopening 1.3
Date Mon, 17 Nov 2003 20:17:08 GMT
On Mon, 17 Nov 2003, Jim Jagielski wrote:
> On Nov 17, 2003, at 2:22 PM, Bill Stoddard wrote:
> >
> > In this economic environment (and perhaps this will turn out to be 
> > generally true from now on), companies are not making investments in 
> > IT unless they can get a proven and almost immediate return on that 
> > investment. Making the jump to Apache 2.0 -can- be a big investment 
> > (depending on how many custom/third party modules you use)
> 
> Most people with those big investments are using at least *some* 3rd 
> party
> modules. Having a 1.4 that is not binary compatible with 1.3
> means that those 3rd party modules will need to be (at least)
> re-compiled for 1.4. So they will need to worry about 1.3,
> 1.4 and 2.0 (and potentially 2.2)... That's an *awful* lot
> to have people keep track of. I don't see companies out
> there wanting to do that... they will maintain their 1.3
> modules for awhile, and their 2.x ones, because it *is*
> the next gen, but I think they would avoid 1.4 almost
> totally.
> 
> Having 1.4 not be binary compatible with 1.3 severely limits its
> usefulness to those exact people that it's supposed to be
> helping.

As someone working in a company like that, I can tell you definitively 
that this is not true.  At least not here at the biggest web company in 
the world.

-Rasmus

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