Lessons learned from Xara's failure to open up anything but (part of) its source
Posted by: Anonymous
on October 18, 2007 08:38 PM
What a drivel. Open source has always been a hobby, and always will be. That's what gives it its power and its weakness. Get used to it. Xara failed simply because it wanted the open source devs to do all the boring work of porting, bugfixing and maintaining, yet didn't allow them to do any of the fun work - new features and new UI. "Maybe, some day, only after we completely port the Windows version to Linux." The Xara owners never discussed on the list any new features, or future plans, or priorities in development. It was all kept in strict secrecy. They behaved as a closed commercial app who thought it could get some free bugfixers and yet remain closed and controlled by the core cabal. So, it's absolutely not surprising that the open source devs weren't interested in the least.