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ATTN: stalin users (slightly OT)

Apologies for the slightly off-topic message, but I know of no other
way to reach the Debian stalin users.

The upstream author Jeffrey Siskind has asked if I could ask those who
find stalin useful to send him a message stating such.  He needs
feedback to use during his evaluation to convince his employers to
allow him to keep spending time on this project.  Taking a few moments
to contact the him will translate fairly directly into corporate
support for a free software project if enough relevant people do it.


Here's specifically what he asked:

From: Jeffrey Mark Siskind <qobi@research.nj.nec.com>
Subject: Re: stalin: patch for sparc compile.
To: rlb@cs.utexas.edu
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 21:42:33 -0400
Reply-to: Qobi@research.nj.nec.com

Thanks for the patch. It looks OK to me.

BTW, is there any way to get a measure of how many people are using Stalin
through Debian? I'm going through my evaluation now and it would help me if I
could say to my committee something like `at least n people are using Stalin
as obtained through Debian'. Even better would be feedback from users. One or
two line statements are fine. Something like `I use Stalin to support my
research in widgets. I find that for my task, code compiled by Stalin runs x%
faster than code produce by Foo-C, the previous Scheme compiler that I was
using. Without Stalin, I would not be able to conduct my research.'
    Jeff (http://www.neci.nj.nec.com/homepages/qobi)

Rob Browning <rlb@cs.utexas.edu> PGP=E80E0D04F521A094 532B97F5D64E3930

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