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Subject: Re: [boost] [simd] Hardware support
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-04-08 14:29:15

>> After all, the toy edition is good enough. It works. It just will
>> come with no guarantees that it won't eat your data, and it will
>> probably be quite slow.
> I would be worried about you (in this hypothetical case) being able
> to reject improvements to the boost version. Boost libraries are not
> aiming to be "average, good enough" type of libraries, they aim
> higher. So suppose that someone want to improve the boost versions,
> because it is all sort of slow bits, would you accept those changes
> as a library maintainer? Or would you block them because it would
> ruin your commercial business ?

I've never been in that situation, but what I have in mind has pluggable
storage backends with a single frontend API. So if someone wants to
develop a competing backend superior to the open source one which
directly competes with my commercial one, I'd say rock on. Competition
is good!

If on the other hand they wanted to extend or modify the frontend API in
a way which severely breaks things for my commercial backend, the
chances are I'd say no unless it fixes an obvious bug or problem. I
would prefer a new breaking version of the library to that, which of
course they are free to fork.


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