Subject: Re: Free vs Commercial Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/12/27
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* David Steuber <>
| As I type this, I am downloading ACL 4.3 for Linux.  There is a 5.0,
| but it is beta.  I have a lib5 system, so I am going with the production
| version.  Maybe I will get the 5.0 when it isn't beta anymore.

  this is an extremely specious argument.  first of all, you're not dealing
  with Microsoft, OK?  version.beta from Franz Inc is the same quality as
  version.5 from most other companies.  in fact, "5.0.beta" was stable
  enough to run a financial news service flawlessly for several months, and
  I hesitated to upgrade because that by itself would bring instability to
  the system.   second, it isn't in beta anymore.  you can get,
  so I really wonder what the hell you're trying to pull.

| It seems kind of odd not wanting the beta since I am also using CMUCL.

  if there's a saying "burnt child shies fire" (I'm just translating from
  Norwegian, which generally doesn't work), my favorite rewrite is "burnt
  child smells bad".

  det kommende IT-senteret på Fornebu mangler egentlig bare en flyplass