Is this what I want?

Bob Kline bkline at
Wed Jul 19 12:54:10 EDT 2000

On Wed, 19 Jul 2000, Tim Uckun wrote:

> At 09:32 AM 07/19/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> >On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Tim Uckun wrote:
> >
> >
> >Same answer you'll get for many open-source projects.  You have the
> >disadvantage that there's no company guaranteeing the software and with
> >the economic incentive to enhance it.  You have the advantage of access
> >to the source code.  For many, this advantage outweighs the lack of a
> >vendor, and as you probably are aware, vendors are not always an
> >unalloyed blessing.  For freetds, however, there's an extra twist to
> >consider, in that the project works without benefit of full access to
> >the specification it's implementing.
> If I ever get decent support from a vendor I pledge allegience to
> them for life. Too bad it never actually happens. Seems like
> people's idea of support is to point the finger at somebody else or
> just to ignore you. I guess what I am trying to say is that I don't
> expect support one way or another. I am much more interested in a
> product that will work in the first. Not being a C programmer I
> doubt if I could actually use the source code or fix it though.

I've had better success with vendors, but the ones who do understand
what "decent support" means are in the minority, and even for them I
think I'd stop short of allegiance for life. :->}

> >I would suggest you do some prototyping and stress-testing to make your
> >own determination as to the suitability of the software.
> Yes I will start on this right away. Should I use the latest stable
> version (.5) or get the CVS snapshot?

I'll defer to Brian on that question.  Perhaps both?

Bob Kline
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