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[REBOL] Re: rebol 3 => 64 Bit problems

From: tim-johnsons:web at: 12-Feb-2009 8:02

On Thursday 12 February 2009, Henrik Mikael Kristensen wrote:
> The issue has been well known to RT for years: Linux is the hardest OS > to support due to its very non-standardized nature. There are constant > kernel and library changes. But RT usually asks regularly what people > use the most, and then compile versions of REBOL to that Linux > variant. The question was in fact asked again a few days ago, when the > R3 version was going to be built. The answer was Ubuntu and an Ubuntu > version was built.
We've never had such problems with python or perl. We have never had to build perl or python on our machines. Although I have built newlisp. Thusly, I believe you are overstating the variance among linx distros. It has been a long time since I programmed in C and had to compile, but I believe a strategy for more flexible loading or static linking exists. Furthermore rebol 2 should be compiled for 64-bit. The year I started coding for compensation - 1989 - was the year of the Ashton-Tate dBase fiasco. And I was programming in dBaseIII+ and dBaseIV. I quote from the Wikipedia entry: "a focus on future products without addressing the needs of the current customers." There's a cautionary tale there. I am glad that you are building for ubuntu. You should take great effort to ensure that rebol is in the repositories and that it includes a nice application of some sort. I would like to test such a build. If you are part of the development team did you see my email of Saturday 07 February 2009, subject "Re: Inside R3's developement..."? I am very concerned that no one replied to my problem there. Rebol has served me, my company and my customers very well for 9 years. It is a pleasure to work with and at least 50% more productive than python or perl in small, single-programmer projects. Even tho' I use it as the critical part of my productivity and production tools, I've stop doing any development for customers until a mature rebol with 64-bit compatibility is available. A 64-bit rebol 2 should have been built long ago. If but a few server farms start converting to 64-bit and rebol binaries become inoperable, there will be such a stink that rebol3 will never overcome. I hate to be the contrarian here, but what I say needs to be said. And this is all I have to say on the subject. However, I hope this issue stays on the front of everyone's minds, including windows users. Regards Tim