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Re: Success report on Linux/PPC, small Ada problem
- From: Joe Buck <jbuck at synopsys dot COM>
- To: dewar at gnat dot com (Robert Dewar)
- Cc: dewar at gnat dot com, jsm28 at cam dot ac dot uk, fw at deneb dot enyo dot de,gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org, jbuck at synopsys dot COM, minyard at acm dot org
- Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 17:33:23 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: Re: Success report on Linux/PPC, small Ada problem
> <<gnat_rm.texi contains many references to software available from ACT,
> which I noted as inappropriate commercial advertising in a GNU manual, but
> hopefully the software in question is at least free software.
> ALl such software is part of the GNAT system, so I see no reason not to
> refer to it in the GNAT manual. All this software is part of the source
> distribution. I simply don't understand the distinction you are making here.
> For us GNAT, including the FSF version, is a complete Free Software system
> for Ada programming, not just a bare compiler.
If the software in question is free software, I don't see a problem.
Joseph, do you feel that the language is too promotional?
> <<Not however the most important (to GNU) ports, which are those to free
> Of course, but it is certainly valuable for GCC to run on targets other
> than GNU, and I have never heard anyone question this before.
The GCC mission statement explicitly says that we're interested in
supporting a wide variety of systems, including proprietary ones.
> Once again, Joseph, I would like to understand what you mean when you
> talk about the manual recommending the use of proprietary software.
It's fine to describe which platforms are supported and what the
requirements are for each, much as gcc already does.