From: Eugene Eric Kim (eekim@eekim.com)
Date: Thu Aug 10 2000 - 15:03:54 PDT

One of the things we'll be talking about at today's meeting is IBM's WBI,
which may be a good starting point for developing our viewing
engine. I've asked Jack to say a few words about it today, but it would
do all of us some good to take a look at it ourselves:


At this stage, it is not open source, but Doug has received repeated
insurance that it will be. The best thing we can do at this stage is take
a look at it and decide whether it best fits our needs. If it does, we
can start pushing IBM to open source it as quickly as possible, probably
under the Apache license.

I'd like to hear people's judge it on its technical merits, but I can say
there are some interesting political merits to using WBI (assuming that it
does go open source). One is that we'd get the aid of IBM engineers, some
of whom we may even be able to interest in contributing directly to our
OHS efforts. Another is that there are some interesting joint marketing
possibilities along with some funding potential.

Bottom line, however, is that it has to meet our technical needs. So
let's start with that, and go from there.


+=== Eugene Eric Kim ===== eekim@eekim.com ===== http://www.eekim.com/ ===+
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