"...People more jaded than I will file these stories under
"Quixotic folly" and go on about their business, but there's food
for thought here."
"Troubled though it is at this point, there's a lot of promise
in Eazel's Nautilus. Though it was designed as a conduit to a
broader operation centered around providing software services, and
despite performance issues reflective of its newness, it was a
definite contribution to free software in general. If nothing else,
the experience and thoughtfulness that went into its interface
design and the body of code it's comprised of have some real value
to everybody in the open source community. There's also a good
chance that many people took advantage of the handfull of services
it did provide, even if it is imperfect."
"That brings us to the question of whether we should support the
venture that provided the code in the first place or whether we're
better off thanking the company that provided the software for its
contribution (Nautilus and all its components are GPL'd and in
GNOME's main CVS) and moving on, counting Eazel as an unfortunate
victim of hard times that fell just shy of getting an opportunity
to prove its business model."
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