[Openmcl-devel] user submissions and open-sourceness
jaj at clozure.com
Mon Jun 16 21:15:42 UTC 2008
On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM, Erik Huelsmann <ehuels at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:34 PM, Hamilton Link <helink at sandia.gov> wrote:
>> My point is... I don't think anyone can reasonably expect useada.u to jump
>> in and work on a 32-bit x86 port (or <user> to jump in and work on <major
>> rewrite>). It's silly to suggest it.
> Why? Where do you think Apache or Subversion gets its new gurus?
> Exactly by doing what I did: encourage people to contribute, coaching
> them in their efforts. The hardest of problems are often addressed
> (we find in Subversion) by people who have a fresh look at an old
> >From what I see happening in SBCL is that - even for software which
> has far less documented sources than Subversion - it's the newcomers
> who do the ports to the new platforms: those are the ones with the
That's exactly what's happening with CCL. Matt is doing the Intel32
port. He just jumped in and started doing it. Anyone can do that.
But contributing to a port in progress is much harder. It requires a
lot of communication. Even that is possible if the people doing the
port think that the contribution will outweigh the communication
overhead. I can't think of anyone who takes the time to clearly
explain detailed technical issues better than Gary. What should we be
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