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Mail Starting 8/15/97
Back in March, I tried to send you an image I'd created. At the time, I didn't have access to any web-server space, so I enclosed the image file in the message. Not the best way to do things, I know. In case you never got to see it, allow me to me try again; this time the right way. Check out:
From: email@example.com (Giles Bateman);
Sent at 8/15/97; 4:50:06 PM;
This is not a Scripting News graphic (though I may try my hand at that someday), but rather a sort of tribute to Frontier. Actually, I made it for fun during summer of '96 to use on the cover of the Frontier notebook I was maintaining. Hope you like it.
Thanks again for making Frontier. It empowers many people and makes our lives cooler. Enjoy your break!
I'm looking at it a different way. Marimba didn't open up the whole Castanet/UpdateNow architecture. Rather, they got some industry heavyweights to agree with them on the spec for describing the contents and contingency logic of a software update package (such as a jar file, cab file, etc.). They still control the distribution and management features of their Castanet system.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gregory Biggers);
Sent at 8/15/97; 12:59:16 PM;
If OSD catches on (and it looks pretty likely), everyone will be producing files that will plug right in to Marimba's whole software suite! That means an easier learning curve and faster implementation for any customer who buys the Castanet system. We may no longer need to buy Bongo and learn the intricacies of Castanet channel creation, and Marimba can concentrate on evolving great application distribution and management tools.
It looks to me like Marimba has finally found a business niche that needs filling.
P.S. Another angle-- OSD could be the first killer app to fuel the spread of XML!
P.P.S. Dave, have fun on vacation!