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Newsforge: ZooLib's Green has philosophical approach to Open Source

Jan 28, 2001, 03:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

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"Andrew Green was glad we began the interview via email because it forced him to get started on the manual he needs to write for ZooLib, a cross-platform application framework he released under the MIT License last November."

"A commercial developer for years, he was first faced with the concept of Open Source when his friend John Gilmore urged him to release the source to NetPhone, the groundbreaking Internet phone service Green and his first wife, Denise Myers, developed and introduced in 1994-95. But like many newcomers to Open Source, he struggled to reconcile the reality that the only thing funding the development of NetPhone was NetPhone sales which, clearly, would be greatly reduced should they open the code. Though they chose not to, the idea sparked further investigation, and like Green is wont to do, some philosophical thinking."

"Like any victim of wanderlust, Green is not daunted by alternatives to convention. The walls around his desk are filled with photographs and inspirational or thought-provoking quotes from various sources. He sends me a copy of his favorite one, which he found in the diary of a youth hostel he stayed in when he was 19 while spending the year in Australia. It is a classic call to courage and awareness in the face of uncertainty and adventure. 'Relish the unusual and question the normal," it says to those 'running on the front line ... with a shadow of a dream to guide you...' It's hokey only if the reader doesn't actually live that way. But with Green, I find myself adding a name to the list of countries he has visited every time he tells a new story. Finally I interrupt him (he is, as he puts it, "very chatty") and ask him what countries he hasn't been to."

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