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Shane Caraveo, September 5, 2007
So, Where Is It?
It's a big day for us at ActiveState: we just announced that we're going to open source a large chunk of Komodo! I thought I should take some time and write about why we're doing this, what we hope to...
It's a big day for us at ActiveState: we just announced that we're going to open source a large chunk of Komodo!
I thought I should take some time and write about why we're doing this, what we hope to achieve, and how it affects those of you who have been supporting us through your purchase of Komodo IDE or your use of Komodo Edit and our free language distributions. It's a big change for us, and I'm sure there are going to be a lot of questions and comments in the weeks to come.
Why are we doing this? I, as well as the rest of ActiveState, believe that Komodo is an excellent development tool that, given a more open nature, could really blossom into something far larger than it is today. There are a lot of people out there looking for a good development environment that they can get behind, but due to our commercial license, are unwilling to consider Komodo. We've been talking internally about open sourcing Komodo for a long time now. Making Komodo Edit free (as in beer) was dipping our toes in the water; now it's time to dive in!
Our initial efforts with OpenKomodo will be around the development of community, and a community driven effort to create a development environment focused on the Open Web. Community is important and critical to our success. There will be plenty of growing pains in this area for us, but I do feel we can be a good community member in this endeavor.
We see the Open Web as an important issue to support both as individuals and as an organization. ActiveState has always thrived on the belief in developer choice, which I feel is well reflected in our products. Joining the chorus of voices supporting open standards on the Internet is important to us as individuals and as a business.
Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE will continue to exist in the form they are today, and we will be driving forward with new development on both fronts. Both will track alongside the open source code base in order to maintain compatibility of extensions developed for them. IDE will continue to grow in new directions as we add more advanced features to it. I believe we can continue to add value on top of an open source base that many developers will find worth the investment. I also feel that the open source base is a healthy way to protect that investment for our customers.
So, Where Is It?
You're right, we haven't released sources yet. We do have a specific timeline outlined on our website. We're well into the process of getting this ready, but it's going to take a little more time. How long? To paraphrase Mozillian Mike Shaver, “Two F**king Months!" We're not quite as fast as Mozilla!