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Re: Google SoC Proposal Ideas

On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 10:09:00PM -0400, wrote:
> My own idea is to reimplement a GNU/GPL utility under a BSD license,
> like grep or diff/diff3. 

Both grep and diff can be a bit ambigious in terms of algorithm
complexity. grep for example is demanding if you want to implement
multibyte support correctly and full GNU grep compatibility needs
changes to the system regex library.

diff has some critical edge cases like a number of small changes for
large files (think configure).

If you are interested in helping with replacing GPL licensed part, I
have a project proposal though. NetBSD currently has a BSD licensed
libintl implementation, but it needs work to support features in newer
gettext. At the same time it would be very useful to have a replacement
for the creation tools (msgfmt and friends).


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