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They do: it's called the Developer Program.

(Expansion: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1084640)




> Whats truly amazing is that this is always how desktop development has always been done, except on Linux and Mac OS X. Pay your money, get your compiler, write your software, run your software. The Linux and Mac OS X crowd is up in arms because they have had GCC for at least 9 years, and $99 seems like a lot compared to free.

This how it's always been done? Really?

GCC: Initial release May 23, 1987 Commodore64: Release date August 1982




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