Do we believe that there is a need for an ActiveState Ruby
distribution. They've done wonderful things with their support of
Win32 programming for Perl & Python... the .net stuff, etc.
In terms of Perl, it was allready taking on the world when
ActiveState glommed on to it. ActiveState gained more from that
association than Perl did. The same for TK.
For Python ActiveState did do something, it made the Windows
version usable in one step where you didn't have to muck around a lot
with installation. However if you look at the later history their
participation did more harm than good, and if a few things had gone
the wrong way Python would be dieing now.
I don't think people want to put Ruby in their hands. It's too risky.
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Ah, I wondered when one of the "ActiveState almost ruined the world!" people would respond. I've been an ActiveState user for 7 years now... All they've ever done was simply make tools so that those of us that are/were building software to run under windows had a decent toolbox to do it with. The PDK saved my bacon more times than I like to count.
People just look for a reason to dislike them because they've focused on the windows platform and Microsoft put some money into them. I wish people would get over this my-platform-is-better-than-your-platform bull-squash and realize that mass market acceptance requires good tools for Windows. Unless some major re-alignment of the stars happens, they are always going to be a major factor in computers. They helped make PCs what they are.
Matz isn't letting go of the language to anyone, so, why not accept the help of a company that's helped build some really good tools for other languages? I mean, what do you really see as an "evil" dis-service you see ActiveState performing?
And no, I don't work for Microsoft. I work for a company who's "product" software all runs on Linux. I'm just realistic about things.
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 01:46:34 +0900, Jeff Wood ><firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: