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Preface

It is well known that free software needs free manuals: reference and user manuals1. This allows the general community to use the technology. However, free software has a tremendous potential for research and teaching: the sources permit us to understand the technology. Nowadays, due to the lack of free books which describe the behaviour of free technology, most researchers and educators interested in it must repeat the same unpleasant task: to read the sources to try to understand the architecture and details of the free software. Obviously this is time consuming and error prone. This is also the case of the free GNU Ada Compiler: GNAT.

GNAT is currently a mature technology used for many industrial projects, research, and education. However, the lack of free books which describe real implementation hinders the modification of the sources to many researchers. The main benefits of a free book on GNAT are:

The main goals of this project are:



Footnotes

... manuals1
R. Stallman. Free Software and Free Manuals. Essay. Avaiable at http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-doc.html


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