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    really awesome. still holding out hope for D catching on as the default language for desktop gui apps.

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      That’s great. GDC will then finally move into regular Linux distribution repositories I hope.

      (still no D tag?)

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        Eh, gdc has been in Debian (hence also Ubuntu) for a long time now.

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          I stand corrected; thanks.

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        Glad to see the momentum behind D finally building! The language has only been 100% open-source for a couple months now, and it already seems to be gaining so much ground.

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          I always assumed it was fully open source. Which parts of it were closed?

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            From Wikipedia:

            Code for the official D compiler, the Digital Mars D compiler by Walter Bright, was originally released under a custom license, qualifying as source available but not conforming to the open source definition. In 2014 the compiler front-end was re-licensed as open source under the Boost Software License. This re-licensed code excluded the back-end, which had been partially developed at Symantec. On April 7, 2017, the entire compiler was made available under the Boost license after Symantec gave permission to re-license the back-end, too.

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            The other compilers were free the whole time, no?

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              dmd’s frontend was source available but not {open source, free software}. This changed recently. See @chadski above.

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                Yes, but the other compilers. I don’t think you can call the language itself non-free if there’s at least one free implementation.

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                  Sure, I’m not arguing that, just trying to state a fact.

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            It looks like D could be a really good language for most applications, in particular on linux. People seem to either keep C (unsafe, no abstraction) or python (slow and untyped)… At least D can be reasonably high level (like python) but still very performant. I’m just a bit pessimistic on the chances that languages that have been around for a while suddenly become popular.

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              I’m just a bit pessimistic on the chances that languages that have been around for a while suddenly become popular.

              ironic for an ocaml person to say that :)

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                s/ironic/realistic/ ;-) I love OCaml, but I doubt it will ever become popular. Maybe the reason syntax (which is more C-like, something that can help a lot) will change that though, but I will not hold my breath.

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                  oh :) i was thinking of the way ocaml has suddenly seen a spike in popularity over the last few years - it will never be C-level popular, but it definitely feels like it has a lot of momentum and community activity it didn’t have for a long time.

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                    Indeed, some factors made this possible (better tooling with merlin, the opam package manager, …). The community is active, and more people have joined it, but it still is small.

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                in particular on linux.

                I would love to see D as a viable alternative for Windows development as well, but since both dmd and ldc have a hard dependency on MSVC, I don’t see this to come soon; it makes crosscompilation from Linux quite difficult up to impossible. GDC might be able to fill this hole, but it still is a one-man show and will only very slowly evolve (not to mention what happens if the maintainer loses interest). Also, I have been told GDC produces giant executables for small programs, but that might improve more quickly.

                For Linux, I think there are enough easily installable, modern alternatives to C/C++ that I don’t think that that’s a place where D could shine.

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                  I’m just a bit pessimistic on the chances that languages that have been around for a while suddenly become popular.

                  If you model language usage as a logistic curve then this scenario is perfectly realiseable.