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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"And as far as I can tell, GNU sed does conform to standard. It just has a little extra that people happen to find useful and use. It's not as though the actual bare minimum implemented by GNU userland tools are somehow nonstandard.

Embrace and extend.... ;)

But not extinguish. It's not like this is part of a master plan to steal all the developers. It's the natural result of having an open system that requires reciprocation. More development happens resulting in even more development - a positive feedback loop.

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