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Re: Regarding the ULTRIX and OSF1 compats

On Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 10:09:19PM -0400, Mouse wrote:
 > Even if I had a working VAX (which I
 > don't; for all that I care about it, caring alone does not make it
 > practical for me to run mine), the Project would not be interested in
 > my suggestions unless they fit within its "`industrially relevant'
 > machines get to impose what's convenient for them on everyone"
 > framework - for example, as I said, I would roll back the compiler.

Rolling back the compiler is not infeasible because of "industrially
relevant machines", it's infeasible because the C++ standard is a time
series and one needs to be able to run off-the-shelf software.

This problem is only going to get worse as newer languages continue to
gain in popularity; most of these are accompanied by even less
interest in portability.

In the absence of enough loose money flowing around to allow three or
four people to spend all their time raising ponies, there are only a
limited number of options.

David A. Holland

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