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GNU is Not Unix

Journal: Apathy in Generation Y 2

Journal by Lieutenant_Dan

I sometimes lie awake at night for hours pondering about the future. What will the future bring? It scares me that the sniveling little runts that roam the streets today will be in power one day, just as I'm learning to play cribbage down in Florida. But then again, I'm sure that's what the silver generation is thinking about me as well when I'm sipping on my bottled water.

There are some glimmers of hope of course; I'm thinking of that cute girl that kept bumping into me on the D-train on my way to a client meeting. Maybe she was looking for a cheap thrill, or she was intellectually attracted to me.

In other good news, my friends at the lumber yard have a reason to celebrate. US customs will be easing the import of Canadian soft lumber. It's about time, since our neighbors to the north do have better lumber than we do and in much greater quantity.

I also find that I've been targeted by the so-called moderators. Anything I post now, gets modded down. That's okay, because I'm still an avid (daily) meta-moderator and it appears that I will have the last laugh.

That's it for today. Keep it Open Source!

User Journal

Journal: The joys of Open Source

Journal by Lieutenant_Dan

Have you ever seen the joy of a little boys face when you give him a new piece of Open Source software? No? Me, neither.

Maybe we (the Open Source developer community) are doing a terrible job PR-wise. In the place that I work, the IT department shuns anything that is Open Source. They say it's because it's amateurish, or not worth the risk. In a way I see their point. Who would want to risk their status/job by deploying a piece of software for which there may be no support for in a year's time? If a company has in-house developers, chances are that they are committed to other projects and you won't be able to use to deploy your Open Source solution.

It's time that we OSS developers make a commitment; release your piece of software and sell support! Tell 'em, if you pay me $1,000 it entitles you to 10 support calls/e-mails during the next three years. That will show them that you will be around for the next little while and if something happens, you will be around.

You have to understand that the corporate mistrusts anything that is free. Charge them for it and they will feel better. Sad but true.


Journal: Open Source

Journal by Lieutenant_Dan

I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night screaming. The screams derive from my agony of seeing the world dismiss the wonders that the Open Source developer community offers.

Why do we walk in life blind to the possibilities offered in front of us? Why do we take the path of least resistance? How can we expect to better ourselves if we don't continue to challenge ourselves?

I don't have all the answers. I try to find them on a daily basis in my love life, my career, and at the bowling alley.

What do you think? Please phrase your answers in Perl.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure