Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jan 2013 01:41 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A senior OpenBSD developer has complained on a mailing list that upstream vendors of free and open source software are adding in changes without any thought of whether downstream users could adapt to the change. Marc Espie said this would hurt smaller players by not allowing them to keep up with the changes. Basically what is happening is that numerous changes are being made to Linux and smaller projects like OpenBSD cannot keep up with the changes. And, according to Espie, not all these changes are strictly necessary."
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kwan_e
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2007-02-18

If you had read the article, you'd know that a big source of the problem is pointless changes, especially in build scripts, where things like GNU sed is required, even though the same thing could very easily be done with any sed in a widely-compatible way.

It is getting worse, as it seems (in the interviewee's view) that newer POSIX standards just seem to be rubber stamping in GNU tool chain features into the standard, with little or no consideration of non-GNU tool chains, even if they're doing really cool, innovative stuff.


You both miss my point.

Yes, it makes it harder to port those programs to OpenBSD. But they're not OpenBSD's core environment. And the BSDers have a problem with GPL software (as mentioned in the article, which I have not only read, but comprehended) that means they'll have to write their own version anyway.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The point is that quite a few Linux developers seems to have acquired the mindset previously (and currently) held by many Windows developers: "It works on my primary platform, who gives a shit if it's portable?"

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