A brief response to Larry Lessig’s story about releasing the source code of MORE. [Scripting News]
I’m a little dubious about what Dave is saying. He addresses why, in his opinion, Symantec killed MORE in the first place when he says this:
Symantec made a bet that the team would stay at the company. But that didn’t work out. And without the developers (key point) the source was worthless. A lot of non-engineers don’t get this, but that doesn’t change it.
That may or may not be true–and Dave is in a position to know–but saying that nobody but the original team could use the source says, something rather bad about the original team.
In any case, this has nothing to do with Symantec’s current position on MORE. I’ve worked at Symantec for several years, and I’ve asked around about where the source to MORE is, just because I’m curious about it. Nobody in the Mac group knows–I’m not even sure the company still has it.
I can state with absolute certainty that the company has no interest in MORE or any other productivity app. Every time people talk about what new products the Mac group should develop, I always suggest that we revive MORE–and people always laugh at me. In fact, as far as I know I’m the only Symantec employee who even uses it. The current management envisions Symantec as a “security” company, and MORE does not fit that vision.
It’s possible that if the source does exist somewhere Symantec might be willing to sell the product. That did happen with Act! after all. Somebody has to offer to buy it for that to happen, though. So if any ambitious programmers out there really want to see MORE developed further, try putting your money where your mouth is. It can’t hurt to try!