On 25 Mar 2008, at 15:54, Gregory Brown wrote:
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> It's an interesting idea, but my project is not Google's Summer of
> Code (which I think this idea is better suited for).
>
> Unfortunately, M$ support a very bad project for me, because I don't
> even own a machine with Windows on it, and have moved all my
> commercial work off of the platform too.  The only tie I have left to
> the Microsoft world I slide underneath via ODBC....
>
> For RubyMendicant, since it isn't really the same as the GSoC (ie, I'm
> taking off from my commercial work to do this!),
> I really need to pick projects that I have expertise in along with a
> strong interest so that people's donations are used most effectively.
>
> Windows unfortunately doesn't fit that bill, even if the project would
> be well worth it for someone better suited.
>
> I have selected 3 projects from my ideas list, and am mostly limiting
> the potential projects to these for now:
> http://rubymendicant.wikidot.com/projects

Absolutely fair enough :-)

semi-P.S. Good luck with project.

> Though I won't ignore suggested project ideas, I'm asking folks to
> rally behind one or more of those projects, since I've already seen
> some support for them and have a plan in mind... it's starting to get
> too close to the start date to consider entirely new ideas.
>
>> I know there are a lot of the long-term
>> rubyists who simply say "Oh we don't care about Windows" or "It's a
>> broken platform" / whatever. The fact is, actually getting a
>> performant stable interpreter on the platform would probably do more
>> for the language than any other single action. Of course OCI download
>> numbers from rubyforge can easily attest to this.
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> I agree this is important.  Maybe suggest this as a GSoC project idea.
>
> http://rubycentral.com/projects/gsoc-2008/ideas-for-gsoc-2008
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> -greg
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