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Month: April 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Please push - basket gcc47 patch [was Re: [trinity-devel] basket notepad failure (oh no!) - 'getuid' was not declared in this scope ??]

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 07:18:38 -0700 (PDT)
> Generally the gcc changes are to provide for the future,
> unfortunately not giving that much weight to the past. No we are not the only
> large project affected, but we are hit especially hard due to the small
> manpower-to-codebase_size of this project. Where other large
> projects, k4, gnome, etc.. may have hundreds of developers to help with
> changes, we have a relative few.

This the overwhelming attitude throughout free/libre software developers: screw backwards compatibility. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead with bleeding edge!

I understand the reasoning: much less overhead and tighter code. Yet idealism seldom satisfies reality. Backwards compatibility is necessary.