When will TAK go open source? 2009-12-11 02:16:27 Well, i intended to write a quite comprehensive answer to this question with an detailed elaboration of determining factors, my motivation and the "historical background" of my deceision process, but somehow i have not managed to do it within the past months...But now that i am about to release TAK 2.0 i had to do something. So here is an excerpt of my post in the Newer version of FLAC? thread, that gives at least a short answer:QuoteQuote(jcoalson @ Dec 10 2009, 23:39) *at this point, given thomas' stated goal to try and benefit somehow from all his hard work, my advice now would be to keep it closed and stay in the lead in its niche. once it's open, any practical advantage it has over flac could be added to flac with less effort than it would take existing devices and software to switch to tak. to open it up, you have to be completely resigned to not getting anything for it, because that's what may happen....Besides this i again have to agree... I only want to clarify (for users not familar with TAK's development history) that when i was talking about possible benefits i meant non-material ones.Unfortunately the validity of thoses statements creates kind of a deadlock situation for TAK: If it wants to attract considerably more users, it has to go open source, but at the same time it does, it's advanced technology can be copied and it will be only a matter of time, until TAK is dead...Among other important things, this is the primary reason why i haven't worked on an open source release yet. Don't think this was always clear to me, it was merely a notion i somehow avoided to realize, because it would have killed much of my motivation.Honestly, why should i put effort into an open source release, if this only dispatches TAK!?No. This would be self-denial.Currently the only valid option for me to reveal TAK's technology would be:- Improve the codec until i am running out of new ideas.- Then ask Josh, if he would like to put the TAK codec into FLAC and if there will be a proper reference to me.