Choosing between portability and innovation
Posted Mar 3, 2011 5:22 UTC (Thu) by AnthonyJBentley
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I ask myself: How many BSD guys are X.Org commiters? How many BSD guys work on the Freedesktop specifications? What about the GNU-project, KDE or Gnome?
BSD is a smaller project. Thats a simple fact. There are BSD people in all of those projects, but proportionally so few that they simply dont have as much influence.
Example: GCC. The dislike of GCC is not just because of the license. GCC is notoriously averse to committing patches from BSD, so downstream has to maintain their own forks of the compiler. GCC also drops support for architectures that BSD still uses; OpenBSD has various copies of GCC 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x in the tree to compile for the various architectures. Having to maintain these kinds of things redirects valuable manpower from other projects like Xorg.
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