CowboyNeal from the compile-once-run-sort-of dept.
Mark Wielaard writes "Your friendly neighbourhood GNU did
it again. A year ago IBM made much noise
about placing $40 million of its software tools under a free software
license. Technically these tools, called Eclipse, are great for developing
(java) software. There was only one catch, it was build on top of the
proprietary java platform. This made it useless for the Free
Software community. Luckily the GNU project has two projects that come
to the rescue. GNU
Classpath, core libraries for java, and gcj, the GNU Compiler for Java.
We are now able to run Eclipse on a completely free platform! It is
not yet complete, but you can already edit, compile and browse CVS
with it. And since Eclipse uses GTK+ it also looks very nice. I setup
a page with
instructions on how to get this working so you can help us make
it work even better or just so you can view a couple of nice screenshots."
The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems
is a symptom of professional immaturity.
-- Edsger Dijkstra