proprietary extensions (was: Locales for Indic languages)

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Mon Oct 18 13:44:51 PDT 2004

Jim Gettys wrote:
> I encourage *all* vendors of X software who have proprietary extensions
> to revisit whether keeping them proprietary is *actually* in their long
> term best interest...  Now, at least, we have a vehicle to grow a new
> market together (already larger than the old, dying proprietary X
> market), and I strongly believe we'll all be much better off if these
> decisions of 10 years ago or more get revisited and (the worthwhile)
> enhancements get folded into Xorg ASAP.  We have a growing market, and
> any short term advantage a company has as a result is dwarfed by the
> chance to grow the overall market.

We are doing that at Sun as we move our X servers to the new Xorg base.

(Actually, we're doing almost that - we're going through the proprietary
  stuff to see what still has enough value to be worth the effort, porting
  those that do to Xorg, and evaluating what of that we can/should release
  to the open source release.  It will take quite a while to get through
  this all, as it has to take a back seat to actually producing our products
  and fixing bugs for our customers, but it is slowly going forward.  Bug
  fixes are going to come in quicker than entire new features/extensions,
  but we're looking at both.)

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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