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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RE: wait, what?
by Delgarde on Fri 11th Jan 2013 00:36 UTC in reply to "wait, what?"
Delgarde
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So you think the larger group of developers should change how they do things so that the BSD group can avoid doing something simple like adding sed -i capability to keep things compatible?


Or just using the immeasurably superior GNU versions of those tools. That seems to be standard practice on the commercial UNIX systems I've worked on - forget about the versions that come with the system, just install the GNU packages for coreutils, grep, sed, etc. It's easier to just mandate the GNU versions of those utilities than to try and work around the deficiencies of the standard versions.

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