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Re: Release plans

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:20:57 +0000
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Hi, Richard,

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 02:26:36AM -0400, Richard M. Stallman wrote:
>     In the field I work in (embedded systems), our targets are very
>     often Unix-like OSs (e.g. QNX), our host systems are (nearly)
>     always Windows,

> It is a shame to use Windows for that.  Why not switch to GNU/Linux?

It's a great shame.  Why not switch?  Because the host system is a
massive company Windows network, much more like a mainframe than a stand
alone PC.  Things like Email and Word processing (with yucky formats) are
done on it.  And backing up files.  For such a company, software
development is merely one department, and not even the most important.
Switching to GNU is possible in principle, but it's difficult,
time-consuming and expensive.  The city administration in Munich is doing
this, for example.  Probably, some medium to large size compaies are,

But yes, it's a great shame.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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