Xcode 4

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Sat Mar 12 14:24:33 PST 2011

On Mar 12, 2011, at 00:56, Keith J. Schultz wrote:

> 	The way I see it Apple is opening up another market!
> 	If you look at the Mac App store you will see that Xcode 4
> 	is the TOP selling App! 
> 	Which means that their are a lot of developers that are not 
> 	registered developers. 

At least, it means there are a lot of people who use Xcode or developers tools, who are not registered developers. Most MacPorts users for example are not developers, but they need Xcode.

> 	Over here in Germany Xcode 4 only cost as much as a pack of
> 	cigarettes!

I think the primary objection, from the people objecting, is not the price, but that there is one. They're upset that they're being made to pay a nonzero amount of money in order to use (compile, build) free (open-source) software on their Mac.

> 	I do see the problem with ports that many things must be done inside
> 	of ports, as of Xcode 4. But, how many ports already depend on newer
> 	gccs!

Most of the ports that depend on a MacPorts gcc compiler do so not because they need a newer C or C++ compiler, but because they need a Fortran compiler, which Apple does not provide in Xcode.

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