[Python-Dev] Keeping competitive with Go (was Re: Computed Goto dispatch for Python 2)

Ian Cordasco graffatcolmingov at gmail.com
Fri May 29 00:18:36 CEST 2015

On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Paul Sokolovsky <pmiscml at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> On Thu, 28 May 2015 23:48:59 +0200
> Matthias Klose <doko at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> []
>> And the very same place where you are working is investing in getting
>> shared libraries working for Go.  Single binaries may be popular for
>> distributing end user applications, but definitely not for
>> distributing a core OS or a SDK. Sorry, you didn't yet arrive in
>> distro land ...
> Of course it did. Like, Ubuntu 14.04LTS ships Go 1.2. No, it starts
> with the fact that when you don't have Go installed and type "go", it
> suggests to install gccgo, which just segfaults on running. Then you
> figure out that you need to install "golang", and that's 1.2, and a lot
> of things simply don't work with that version, like "go get" reports
> that a package not found, while it perfectly exists. So, let Go stay
> what it is - a corporate toy lingo for press-releases. That's until
> Google has thought that it generated enough buzz and it's time to shut
> it down like their numerous other projects. (Isn't Go old already and
> "everyone" uses Rust?)
> --
> Best regards,
>  Paul                          mailto:pmiscml at gmail.com
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Note that as much as I love Rust, it still isn't the replacement for
Go. It doesn't have a stable ABI so if you distribute a binary and
that person has a different version of Rust 1.x installed, it won't be
guaranteed to work (and, at this point, probably won't work anyway).
Go is just more popular because it's been around longer and it (as far
as a single developer is concerned) gets rid of the dependency mess.
That's why developers like it.

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