Last updated: Monday, 28 March 2005 14:08 -0500
|Wherein I climb on a soapbox and declaim my opinions
about the people from RCI, who have been on the Apache development
list for the last few years, mostly touting their
If you find the background distracting, try looking at this version of the page.
Just a verbum sapienti: I personally highly recommend against
ever trying to have any sort of relationship with
Remote Communications, Inc. 
other than as a user of their products (such as
I am speaking personally, and not wearing any hats except that and my
Apache (and open-source) developer beanie.
I have never used
mod_gzip myself, but have heard nothing
but good things about it. The two main people behind it (Kevin Kiley
and Peter J Cranstone), however, I have heard bad things about
-- and from my own personal experience I can say that my opinion of
them is reeeeeally low. Like, in the muck under the bottom-feeders.
Leaving all interactions in the distant past aside (and there are
plenty), just check out
this thread 
on the Apache HTTP Server project development mailing list. (Note that
the link is only to the first post in the thread; go to the
bottom of the page to either see all the posts in the thread or to
trace through them.) As far as
that goes, search the mail archives for their names (also look under
the mailing list email@example.com, which was the name of
the list before it was changed last month). Some of their past posts
might be of interest.
Now, Kiley has made a lot of valuable contributions to the technical discussions of other topics.. but when it comes to RCI's own mod_gzip, my opinion is that both Kiley and Cranstone seem to get a little non-linear. In my opinion, from the public posts and private mail, I consider them both arrogant, obnoxious, duplicitous, and suffering from delusions of grandeur, and I have found dealing with them extremely unpleasant. And I should know, since I myself am many of those things. :-) You want examples or details, contact me privately.
Why do I bother posting this? Primarily because I want to set the
record straight before someone tries to cockeye it (like saying the
Apache Group turned down an open and free donation of
Secondarily, so that other developers may not have to undergo the
same crap I did in coming to these conclusions.
As always, your mileage may vary. This is only my own personal opinion; perhaps other people have had experiences at the other extreme of the spectrum..