a long rebuttal to the Linux-is-the-engine fallacy

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Sat Jul 26 12:44:41 UTC 2008

On Jul 26, 2008, Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://www.cmake.org/HTML/index.html

> That one should suffice.

Nope.  It offers the features, and even in a desirable fashion, but it
doesn't preclude anyone from rewriting all the intelligence encoded in
configure.ac and Makefile.am into a format that cmake can understand.
And *that's* the huge task.  Rewriting autoconf, automake and libtool,
in spite of big a large undertaking, pales on the face of dropping GNU
autotools code from all projects you might want to include in a
GNU-less distro.

> If it does not, we will look for another one, but there have to be
> some out there :)

Why?  If Linux folks didn't bother rewriting a majority of their
operating system, because it was already implemented and readily
available in the GNU porject, why would they have bothered with
rewriting a much smaller piece of it?

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
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