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Re: Patch to allow Ada to work with tree-ssa
- From: Paolo Bonzini <bonzini at gnu dot org>
- To: gcc-patches at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Cc: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 14:25:42 +0200
- Subject: Re: Patch to allow Ada to work with tree-ssa
- References: <10406251240.AA08759@vlsi1.ultra.nyu.edu>
[Moved to gcc]
When I first started working with computers, a high-end machine cost 52
*years* of typical salaries. Now we're talking about well under a week's
salary to buy the fastest possible machine (perhaps as little as a day).
The first part is just statistics. With the second, I cannot but disagree.
But if I had to upgrade my Pentium 4 1.7 GHz now (bought used for ~300
Euros), I would probably spend no less than 1200 Euros, even if not
buying a new mouse/keyboard/graphics board/hard drive. (As to hard
drives, I was lucky enough :-) to have a 20 GB one fail a month before
its warranty expired; they gave me back a 60 GB disk, the smallest they
had in store, and with two OSes installed I still have 50-odd free
I'm a volunteer, and it takes me a few months to *save* 1200 Euros,
money that I'd like to save for other purposes (you know, holidays for
example :-). I think this holds for many other volunteers here who are
Ph.D. students, and the youngest GCC developers probably still live on
their parents' money.
Not to mention countries in the third world; I don't buy the argument of
"you'd be surprised about the machines they have in the third world",
especially because here we're interested in upgrade rates: though they
may buy nice boxes *now*, I doubt they'll upgrade them for a while. My
university has just dismissed some HP 715's, I'd rather not try
bootstrapping GCC *there*.