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Re: Release plans

From: Bruce Stephens
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:39:49 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.2 (gnu/linux)

Thomas Lord <address@hidden> writes:

> Richard M. Stallman wrote:
>>     2- Banning technical facilities like DLL from free software is likely
>>        to leave a clear advantage to proprietary software that use those
>>        facilities to provide the best technical solution.
>> Refusing to support DLL does not give an advantage to non-free
>> software.  In particular, it does not give XRefractory an advantage
>> over CEDET.
> It gives an equal technical disadvantage to both but an
> economic favor to XRefractory.   That economic favor to
> XRefractory is an example of why people invest in proprietary
> software entrepreneurship.
> The declaration of intent to refuse (aka "ban") helps give
> XRefractory a business plan (because the same ban makes life harder
> for less speculatively funded competitors like CEDET).

Is this an abstract discussion or is it concretely about Emacs and
CEDET?  (I'm struggling to imagine what realistic benefit CEDET might
get from a dynamic extension to Emacs.  Maybe linking with SQLite?)

Surely XRefactory's big advantage over CEDET is use of an EDG-based
parser (which costs money)?  So in that sense the restrictions on how
the core gcc project develops (whether it can provide suitable dumps
of parse trees and the like) are more significant than restrictions on

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