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About the 3.1 release date being a joke and all the other threads...
- From: "Steven J. Hill" <sjhill at realitydiluted dot com>
- To: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Cc: klausberger at email dot com
- Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 08:03:32 -0500
- Subject: About the 3.1 release date being a joke and all the other threads...
I lurk on this list all the time. I haven't contributed very much gcc
code, but have to binutils, glibc and uclibc. I would like to encourage
people to kill the threads about the 3.1 release date, it being a joke,
etc. This is pointless. I think it is necessary to point out a few things:
1) A lot of us do work as volunteers. You are getting an extremely
functional compiler that works on hundreds of host/target
platforms for FREE. Read that last word and count your blessings.
2) Others, like some of the maintainers, do get paid to hack on gcc as
well as the other tools and other projects. Note the word OTHER
in the previous sentence. They may get an unexpected deadline or
project from a valued customer or a manager who thinks their work
is more important. This could cause a slip of a day or more.
3) If those of you complaining are even worth your salt as a software
developers then I am sure that you have read the two of the best
books on software development and estimatation, right? The first
book being, "The Mythical Man Month" by Frederick Brooks and "Code
Complete" by Steve McConnell. What you will find is that when a
delivery date is finally decided upon, the ACTUAL amount of time
will be between 1/4x and 4x the time given. Keep that in mind
before you hit the send button or press return to send a complaint
to the mailing list.
Please stop bickering and be thankful that all of us are working for
freedom of software. Cheers.