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Re: [XaraXtreme-dev] Xara Xtreme 4.0 released

On Fri, 2008-04-04 at 12:39 +0100, Phil Martin wrote:
> It seems to be much more interested 
> in its own governing rules and systems than on achieving results. 

As RMS said recently, the free software movement is a political one, not
a technological one.

I think most of the community's disgust for Xara was caused by Xara
being frankly dishonest about the possibility of fully open-sourcing it
(ie, GDraw) - it turned out that was never the intention.

People are not going to spend their free time working for you - they'll
spend their free time working for everyone.  Making it next to
impossible to port what you contribute to anything but Linux x86 and Mac
OS didn't gain you brownie points: it gained you a reputation that
causes you not to be trusted.  *That* is the gist of the matter, and is
almost certainly a contributing factor to why any commercial release of
Xara for Linux won't be successful.