On Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:35:47 -0700, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:

> We need to do better at empowering people.

it's fairly easy: just pay them for the tasks.

most people using D to solve *their* task at hand, and if they see 
something wrong, they report it as an issue (sometimes) and go on with 
their task, designing workarounds. there is no way you can force people 
to drop their tasks and do something different. only sometimes, when they 
continuously hit by something in Phobos, they writing patches. yet that 
patches will not be widely available until the next compiler release, 
which means that if people plan to publish their code, they *have* to 
write workarounds anyway. and if there is workaround written, there is 
less motivation to write a patch that fixes the thing.

for GNU/Linux everything is even worse, as DMD cannot be included in 
repositories as free software (it isn't), so we have GDC/LDC, which are 
much slower with releases, and much slower with repo updates.

what *can* help here is free DMD (in FSF definition) and monthly 
releases. this is not a silver bullet, but it's easier to convince 
maintainers of various distributives to work on free compiler.

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