Subject Re: [IB-Architect] Open Letter
Author Helen Borrie
At 09:29 PM 16-07-00 -0500, you wrote:

>Someone who's way too kind wrote:
> >First, I really want to thank Dale for even coming up with the idea to Open
> >Source Interbase.
>Given the mushroom cloud that went up in Dec 99 due to mass resignations
>thanks isn't the word that comes to mind.

It's a question of who should be thanking whom. Of course, all this
stuffing around has pretty well taken Fuller past the point where "he will
be remembered in 20 years' time as the one who broke the mould" but we made
it so that it was possible, back then. We saved his bacon, after
all. You'd think the guy would be falling flat on his face to do *at least
this thing* right, given how damned easy it would have been. There was so
much that could have gone wrong with the Corel deal (ha-de-ha-ha, you've
seen the movie, now read the book!) but he wasn't slow to do that one "sous
cape" and unfettered by legal proscription. It was the second biggest
boo-boo of his career when he set out to play "silly buggers" with the ISC
handover, all things considered.

Let's have some moderate sympathy with Keith the Brief, for being such a
staunch protector of the legal niceties (for all parties, including
ourselves) when dumped into a situation so short of answers to the
questions in 6pt type at such a late and critical point...but who can
forgive Fuller for letting it drag on for so long without doing what a CEO
must do to solve urgent personnel problems?

>Oh and nice to see that in addition to driving the Interbase community nuts
>Dale has
>managed to convince Cobalt that we're all complete goofs.

You think Cobalt didn't have it already worked out before Friday who the
complete goof was?

It's not like we didn't expect Fuller to play games, is it? Go back and
re-read the press releases and try to match them up with the reality we are

Helen (coming down off the ceiling in sticky lumps!)
"Ask not what your free, open-source database can do for you,
but what you can do for your free, open-source database."