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Date: 2002-10-07 (11:30)
From: Daniel de Rauglaudre <daniel.de_rauglaudre@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Threats on future of Camlp4

On Mon, Oct 07, 2002 at 01:25:59PM +0200, Sven LUTHER wrote:

> Well, yes, ok, that is no problem, the problem is if you need the
> _sources_ of the compiler to build the program, as opposed to having the
> correct version of the compiler available.

You *don't need* the sources of OCaml to compile Camlp4. You just need
that OCaml (binary and library) is installed, that's all.

> I don't see how the internal problems of the ocaml team has to do with
> the seriousness or the readiness for industrial purpose ? As long as you
> don't export it to the outside that is.

The director of the project argues me that it is not possible to
separate Camlp4 from OCaml because "we have industrial contacts".

> > Can you imagine what happens if the second of Microsoft tells to a
> > customer that Windows is "not serious"? The guy would be dismissed.
> Sure, but he would have been right, would he not ?

Yes. But right or not, it is not the point. In the point of view of
having users, or customers, destroying the work of his colleagues is a
dangerous thing, which has consequences. Bad for sells, or bad for
convincing the decidors, who are sometime not scientifics.

> Beside the fact that Camel could have sued you for unlicensed use of
> the icon [...]

You joke? They would be happy, for sure, that scientifics encourage
them and give them free ad!

> and that it may well be contrary to the french laws about publicity
> for cigarets, i don't think that the icon used for ocaml has bought
> anyone to smoke.

Ah, this is what they say in "Formule 1". I am convinced of the contrary.

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