We believe in commercial open source
- We’ve never felt entirely comfortable using tools that hide their source code, so we share 100% of ours on GitHub.
- Our collaborative community shares thousands of critical eyes and minds, and shoddy work wouldn’t make it past their constructive scrutiny.
- There will always be people who bypass the licensing, steal code, or copycat our innovative concepts. We’re not going to be paranoid about it and mistrust everyone.
- If people have to be forced into financially supporting our work, then we went very wrong somewhere. Our target audience wants us to succeed.
We believe in agile development
- We’re not interested in holding back useful improvements just to have a more marketable announcement.
- We aim to publish updates every few weeks based on community feedback.
- We don’t want to make hostages out of bug fixes and usability tweaks. We won’t charge you for them.
- All of our development and planning tools are open to the community.
We believe in platforms and toolkits
- There are hundreds of competing projects that are only interested in solving simple problems. We pick up where they left off.
- We don’t want to build schizophrenic software that forces everyone’s conflicting opinions on each other.
- We want you to see our work as a solid launch pad for the solution you’ve always wanted. We’ll help you add the finishing touches.
- People are used to asking what software wants them to do. We believe in taking the time to educate people on how to take control.
- It’s rewarding to see people using our tools to solve problems that we never anticipated in creative ways that we never thought of.
We believe software is art
- Encyclopedia Britannica defines art as “A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination.”
- We feel so many other projects think art means “indulging fads with shiny interfaces”.
- Subtle beauty is important, but it looks like clown makeup when aesthetics try to conceal a lack of depth – usability, flexibility, stability, scalability, and maintainability.