GNU sed 4.2.2 released; maintainer resigns
Posted Dec 26, 2012 8:40 UTC (Wed) by rsidd
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It would be ideal to generate the documentation of this stuff from the same description files that generate the code. But the incompatibility between GPL (code) and GFDL (docs) means that it cannot be done.
GFDL is one of RMS's worst ideas. When Debian regards RMS's pet licence as non-free, you know there's trouble. And surely it should have been obvious that it means trouble for auto-generated documentation.
However, the strategy of RMS [on C++ coding standards] is: "I don't like it, so I am not going to do anything about it and hope you get discouraged and switch back to C."
But GNU's C coding standards are awful! At least the parts on formatting code. The BSD style, as described in FreeBSD's style(9) manpage, is much better. I would think that an insistence on GNU C coding style would encourage developers to use another language and some sensible widely-accepted coding standard.
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