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Re: address@hidden: Re: Type-in programs using BASH]

From: Ryan Cunningham
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Re: Type-in programs using BASH]
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:19:00 -0800

These type-in programs can actually generate quicker rises in popularity of the 
FSF and in total market share of GNU/Linux distributions as more and more 
people are introduced by such programs (or the experience of typing them) to 
the concept of free and open-source software. I mean, GNU/Linux's market share 
could potentially beat Microsoft Windows' (which is actually what the FSF hopes 
will happen, with "Upgrade from Windows 8").

Sent from my iPod

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 4:12 PM, Ryan Cunningham <address@hidden> wrote:
> I would also like the discussion on the GCC mailing list to end. The 
> discussion on /source/ code, however, should remain alive and well.
> Sorry for all the confusion.
> And by "type-in programs", I don't mean example programs like "Hello world" 
> programs. I mean real programs with real purpose.
> Programs written by freelance authors that program for a living, to 
> (hopefully) find a user base among even the newest of GNU/Linux users.
> One day we'll be able to type in programs like these that are encoded in 
> machine code. But that day is not now. For portability reasons, I'd prefer 
> source code for print publication.
> But, in case we ever reach that day, I won't modify my proposed GPL addendum 
> on this topic.
> This discussion is on a Bash mailing list, but for the same reason as above, 
> it could be possible that a type-in program is published in a source code 
> language, like C, that /compiles/ into machine language. In that case, it 
> would have to be typed into a text editor instead of a here-document (unless 
> your compiler supports reading input from here-documents).
> As I pointed out to Mr. Stallman, I'd like to encourage everyone who reads 
> these messages to spread the word about the idea.
> -- 
> Sent from my iPod
>> On Jan 26, 2015, at 3:50 PM, Ryan Cunningham <address@hidden> wrote:
>> No, no, not on the Internet---I mean in a paper magazine, which Internet 
>> users can also get.
>> I'd like the machine code discussion to end.
>> -- 
>> Sent from my iPod
>> On Jan 26, 2015, at 3:03 PM, Eduardo A. Bustamante López <address@hidden> 
>> wrote:
>>>> I am proposing this as a possible alternative or complement to publication
>>>> on the Internet to take into account those without Internet access, though
>>>> those *with* Internet access also get the benefit.
>>> So you want to publish stuff on the Internet for people that don't have 
>>> access
>>> to the Internet? Right.
>>> This all sounds like a waste of time. Don't type machine code. Also, in the
>>> remote case that people will type machine code into their terminal, what 
>>> does
>>> heredocs have to do with that? Bash doesn't understand machine code.

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