Subject: Re: Fear of Forking
From: Paul Rohr <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 19:00:55 -0800

OK Brian, it's put up or shut up time.

At 08:47 PM 11/21/99 -0500, Brian Bartholomew wrote:
>Hey, uh, as your customer, I *want* to see significant competitive
>challenges from late-entry freeloaders.  

Our customers are people who pay us money.  I just checked our customer 
database, and can't find you in there anywhere.  However, we have sold 
products to people at trade shows without entering all those names in our 

If you are one of those customers, and would like a refund on any product we 
have sold you, I will happily pay you out of my own pocket.  The last thing 
I want is an unhappy *customer* bad-mouthing me.  

>Having source doesn't gain me
>much if it's too obscure to be maintainable.

Are you claiming our source is "too obscure to be maintainable"?  There are 
over 50 people who disagree with you, but we're always looking for practical 
ways to make it easier to increase the number of people working on our 

If you have substantial feedback, please point out the relevant sections of 
code.  I'm not sure this list is all that interested in technical critiques 
of the AbiWord source, but the folks on our developer list most certainly 

Note however, that the etiquette on that list is that patches and 
constructive suggestions count for a heck of a lot more than complaints and 
hot air.  

getting seriously pissed off