[racket-dev] Serious problem

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 26 09:15:07 EDT 2012

Dear António (and your colleagues),

  My apologies.

I will build better automated testing support for the various easter
eggs and we are working on an short-term fix. I know it is not
possible to repair lost credibility, and for that I'm deeply
disappointed with myself.


On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 5:06 AM, Antonio Menezes Leitao
<antonio.menezes.leitao at ist.utl.pt> wrote:
> Hi,
> Today (i.e., 3/26/2012) DrRacket version 5.2.1 no longer starts.
> Instead, it signals an error on function read-bitmap. This bug
> was initially reported by a colleague of mine and then
> independently confirmed by me.
> Given that the bug only showed today, and it doesn't occur
> when we change the current date of the computer, this looks
> like some kind of Easter egg that went wrong, probably, related
> to prince-kuhio-day.
> This is annoying, to say the least, but the most serious effect
> is on the credibility of the Racket ecosystem. I've put a lot of
> effort in doing research on top of Racket and I tried hard to
> convince my colleagues of the usefulness of Racket. However,
> it has been increasingly difficult to keep up with its instabilities.
> You can guess what my colleagues will say...
> Best,
> António Leitão.
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