[cfarm-users] Installing emacs on GCC119/AIX

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 17:22:45 CEST 2017

>> So having a very powerful machine in the farm, that sits idle
>> most of the time because it has very few regular users, feels like a
>> waste of resources.
> And my point is that if we said "no thanks" to IBM and told them we
> don't want it, we aren't going to get something else from them in its
> place.
> A free AIX server that sits mostly idle is still more useful than no server.


I've also found that using unique compilers (XL/C) and unique
platforms (AIX) helps make the code more portable and reveal some
assumptions made in code. With problems identified we can move to fix
them. That benefits free software projects and free software users.

I think you can look at the issues with libintl in one of two ways.
The first is, screw it because it is not our free software. This
frustrates users of the free software. The second is, there's a gap
that can be closed. This improves the free software and ensures it
"just works".

This second strategy helps ensure free software is a viable candidate
on any platform, and it can be used to displace non-free projects.

For what its worth, I don't think the issue is unique to libintl.
There's other free software projects that have trouble on occasion.


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