On 1 Dec 2016, at 07:43, Steven R. Baker <ste...@stevenrbaker.com> wrote:
> I would like to add an additional concern. I know that LLVM and clang are the 
> new hotness, but they're de facto owned by Apple now. It won't be long before 
> there are new and hot features that are in Apple's own version of LLVM, and 
> it'll be very desirable to depend on these new and hot features.

This is simply not true.  Apple’s contributions, as a percentage of the total, 
have been decreasing for the last five years.  It’s been several years since 
they were responsible for over 50% of total development and they’re not even 
the largest single contributor anymore (Google is).  Apple’s release process 
for LLVM is to fork at a point from svn head, run a bunch of additional tests, 
and backport any fixes from a specific branch.  This code then appears on 
opensource.apple.com - occasionally it includes a few hacky fixes for issues on 
Darwin that they haven’t upstreamed because upstream won’t accept it until they 
tidy it up and do it properly.


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