[sword-devel] GNU and OS ideologies and indulgences

David Burry sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 17 Dec 2001 10:01:38 -0800

I like the idea of having a tagged Bible, where several different kinds of 
translation are there and the end user could selectively show or hide the 
different kinds of translation they want in different situations.  It would 
be an excellent study tool.  True some people wouldn't like it but hey they 
don't have to use it!  ;o)

I also like the idea of a distributed online "Open Source" translation 
system... it would take a dedicated small core group of people doing a lot 
of work deciding what gets in and who gets what permissions etc.  Again 
some people wouldn't like it but they don't have to use it either!  Or they 
can jolly well copy it, break off and do their own modification based on 
the same principle if they want.  The end users ultimately decide who they 
trust by picking where they choose to download it from.  Sounds like 
completely the opposite of most copyrighted texts that are copyrighted to 
control the text and keep people from changing it.  An intriguing idea to 
say the least.