Language compiler specialist Oregon Software Inc of Portland, Oregon, is going into business with the Belgian government to set up a European subsidiary and develop a Modula 2 compiler. According to Computer Systems News, the $750,000 venture with the country’s Walloon Region – that’s where they speak what their neighbours thing of as bad French – will be one third funded by Oregon Software, two thirds by the government. The Modula 2 compiler is expected to be finished early next year and all profits will be shared until government funding has been paid off. Further profits will go to Oregon Software. The subsidiary will act as European distributor for other language products from the company which, up until now, has acted through independent distributors. Much of the Modula 2 compiler’s development has already been completed by Oregon back home in Portland. Modula 2 is the language that was developed by Nikolas Wirth, who says that Modula is the language he always meant to write when he wrote its predecessor, Pascal.