Re: [unrev-II] synergy -- next steps for OHS

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 15:26:55 PDT

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    Relative to what Doug says:

    "We have to raise money to get basic, necessary things done. BI is too small; SRI
    is the only candidate not-for-profit organization within my horizon which has the
    capability and the world-wide reach to provide the necessary kind of launch

    So in pursuit, as I understand it, Russell Hall, Managing Director of Legacy
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    Henry van Eyken wrote:

    > Eugene Eric Kim wrote, among other things:
    > > However, Doug is also 100 percent committed to open source. This is an
    > > important point to reiterate, because it sounds like people on the list
    > > are dubious about whether or not this project will ever happen as open
    > > source. There is no question that it will.
    > I had asked Doug to reply to some previous correspondence on the subject. In
    > support of Kim's remarks, I'll take the liberty to quote from my cc:
    > "This effort very definitely is NOT for the enrichment of Stanford and BI. For
    > me, this is a crusade, started almost exactly 49 years ago, and perservered
    > through a great deal of discouraging set-backs. For instance, the last three
    > years have been without salary (if I hadn't won a gigantic prize, I'd have been
    > in real trouble).
    > And, I am totally serious about the Open-Source pursuit of our OHS evolution.
    > I can't see how proprietary systems embedded in classical market environment
    > can yield the scale and rate of evolution that is called for in order to do
    > this bootstrapping on a scale that I feel is necessary.
    > We have to raise money to get basic, necessary things done. BI is too small;
    > SRI is the only candidate not-for-profit organization within my horizon which
    > has the capability and the world-wide reach to provide the necessary kind of
    > launch platform.
    > Note, Stanford University has no direct role here; SRI is completely separate.
    > The legal arrangement with SRI explicitly keeps them from gaining any
    > proprietary position from their involvement here as an important contractor.
    > We are interacting with central players in the open-source movement to maximize
    > our learning and planning. The total focus is for OPEN OHS.
    > I appreciate your expressions of concern, and welcome any future participation
    > that you and your friends may choose to provide.
    > Sincerely, Doug Engelbart"
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