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From: Reid Sweatman (reids_at_[hidden])
Date: 1999-07-15 22:49:26

> When we talk about compliance issues, there often isn't any way to
> avoid some discussion of vendors. But please do stick to technical
> issues. This isn't the right forum to talk about vendor attitudes,
> even though attitudes may be part of the problem. Enough said.

Sorry. Didn't mean to offend. But it did seem to me that there's something
of an ivory tower attitude here that needn't be, and that keeps a lot of
good programmers from using Boost. I only suggested that either a mechanism
external to the main codebase be used to allow bad but common compilers to
use the code, or that some information be posted on workarounds, which would
also be a great way to educate users of those compilers on just how bad they
have it. Then maybe something might get done. It's pretty well impossible
to not mention MS when you're talking about bad compilers with huge market
share, and MS usually only listens when the complaints get so loud as to
damage their public image.

Having said that, I promise never to mention a certain company again.

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