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Intro to standards.texi
Intro to standards.texi
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:15:50 -0400
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Any comments on this proposed change?
--- standards.texi.~1.268.~ 2020-08-23 18:00:28.687283760 -0400
+++ standards.texi 2021-07-23 12:58:59.832493654 -0400
@@ -2935,18 +2935,33 @@
versions. For a GNU program, this kind of portability is desirable, but
-The primary purpose of GNU software is to run on top of the GNU kernel,
-compiled with the GNU C compiler, on various types of CPU@. So the
-kinds of portability that are absolutely necessary are quite limited.
-But it is important to support Linux-based GNU systems, since they
-are the form of GNU that is popular.
-Beyond that, it is good to support the other free operating systems
-(*BSD), and it is nice to support other Unix-like systems if you want
-to. Supporting a variety of Unix-like systems is desirable, although
-not paramount. It is usually not too hard, so you may as well do it.
-But you don't have to consider it an obligation, if it does turn out to
+The primary purpose of GNU software is to run as part of the GNU
+operating system, compiled with GNU compilers, on various types of
+hardware. So the kinds of portability that are absolutely necessary
+are quite limited. It is important to support Linux-based GNU
+systems, since they are the form of GNU that people mainly use.
+Making a GNU program operate on operating systems other than the GNU
+system is not part of the core goal of developing a GNU package. You
+don't ever have to do that. However, users will ask you to do that,
+and cooperating with those requests is useful---as long as you don't
+let it run away with the project.
+It is good to support the other free or nearly free operating systems
+(for instance, *BSD). Supporting a variety of Unix-like systems is
+desirable, although not paramount. It is usually not too hard, so you
+may as well do it. But you don't have to consider it an obligation,
+if it does turn out to be hard.
+For the most part it is good to port the program to more platforms,
+but you should not let take up so much of your time that it hinders
+you from improving the program in more central ways. If it starts to
+do that, please tell users that you don't want to spend any more
+time on this---someone else must write that code, debug it, document
+it, etc., and then you can install it.
+You can reject porting patches for technical reasons too, as with any
+other patch that users submit. It is up to you.
The easiest way to achieve portability to most Unix-like systems is to
Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)
- Intro to standards.texi,
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