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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: bootstrap Meta/Boot

From: Bill Page
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: bootstrap Meta/Boot
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 11:03:55 -0400

On 8/10/07, C Y wrote:
> --- "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Well, considering the long history of Axiom and its predecessors,
> > that's not surprising. But once you *have* Axiom capable of compiling
> > itself, do you really need the underlying scaffolding, or can you
> > take it down and just use the building?
> You take it down only if you are sure you will never again need to
> re-build the building.
> I am quite sure the original team probably reached the same conclusion,
> but the fact remains that the original system had to be re-bootstrapped
> by Tim for public release.  So we already have one example where the
> loss of the scaffolding was a major inconvenience.

Well, actually I think that was just a misunderstanding on Tim's part.
Other emails on this list from Mike Dewar of NAG have made it clear
that NAG would have had no objections to releasing an open source
version of Axiom that required a running Axiom to compile.

> ...

Bill Page.

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