GNU Testimonials—HIRLAM Consortium
From: Toon Moene
The HIRLAM consortium is a research effort of seven European
meteorological services. In their work with limited area numerical
weather forecasting, they use diffutils, RCS, and GNU make as the
basis of their source code management. GNU Fortran and GNU C, along
with a Bourne compatible shell like bash are sufficient to compile and
run the system.
The benefit of basing source code management on free tools is the wide
portability of them; I have personally used them on systems such as
NeXTStep, Cray Unicos, Fujitsu VPP 700, Convex 4610, SGI, and DEC
Alpha. Using GNU make is far simpler than writing makefiles that are
portable to different versions of make.