GNU sed 4.2.2 released; maintainer resigns
Posted Dec 23, 2012 3:11 UTC (Sun) by JoeBuck
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If it were up to RMS, GCC never would have been permitted to switch to C++, but RMS doesn't get a veto over technical matters with GCC, only with issues that affect core free software principles (and even those issues can be very sticky).
One nice feature of LLVM is that the competition has made it easier to push back against RMS's innate conservatism. His typical reaction to significant proposals has often been something like: this change might be exploitable by the enemies of free software, so let's not do anything but talk about it for a year and a half. Now we can say that if he blocks features that users and developers want and need, everyone will drop GCC and switch to LLVM. He now seems to get this, so it's been easier lately.
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