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GNU is Not Unix

GNU-Friends Interviews 93

Jonas Öberg writes "GNU-Friends is doing a series of interviews with long-time free software hackers that I think people would be interested in. Check out interviews with Arnold Robbins, Karl Berry, Andrew L. Moore, Guido van Rossum, David MacKenzie and Chet Ramey. More to come, but that should keep people occupied for a few minutes." The GNU-Friends should have a show right after Superfriends.
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GNU-Friends Interviews

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  • GNU/Friends (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, 2002 @01:53PM (#3169047)
    So I can't even have friends anymore, I have to have GNU/Friends? Damn you RMS!
    • Only if you are willing to freely share any modifications you make to GNU/Friends.
      • by uochoa ( 464988 )
        Only if you are willing to freely share any modifications you make to GNU/Friends

        then it sure won't be GNU/Girlfriend, that is something that won't be shared
        • Re:GNU/Friends (Score:2, Informative)

          by psamuels ( 64397 )
          then it sure won't be GNU/Girlfriend, that is something that won't be shared

          Sigh, another misunderstanding of the GPL. You don't have to distribute your GNU/Girlfriend at all. It's just that if you do, you also have to share a complete sample of her DNA.

          The DNA sample can either be provided with the GNU/Girlfriend, or you can keep it on file and run off copies as people request them, for a reasonable media (test tube? DVD-ROM of sequence? not sure) duplication fee.

    • it's a whole gnu world out there these days. you gotta dump those old friends every now and then anyway. now's a great time to get some gnu ones.
    • by grammar fascist ( 239789 ) on Friday March 15, 2002 @02:42PM (#3169335) Homepage
      So I can't even have friends anymore, I have to have GNU/Friends? Damn you RMS!

      That's right, and GNU/Joey, GNU/Chandler, GNU/Rachel...

      Admit it. Without the GNU tools, those people would be nothing at all.

  • The GNU-Friends should have a show right after Superfriends.


    GNUsaders! [cjb.net] Open Source crusaders for justice!
  • I guess we should try

    gnuenemies.org

    if we're sending /. as the referrer :)
  • hmm... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by KatieKaput ( 559491 )
    ...you would think that at least ONE of the first set of interviews could be with a girl or a woman... it's not as if there aren't any "free software hackers" who are ladies. hmm.--katie
    • Re:hmm... (Score:3, Funny)

      by JoeBuck ( 7947 )

      Unfortunately, the number of free sofware hackers who are women is very, very small, on the order of 1%, and almost none of these women has any leadership role. However, there is one woman who would make an excellent interview subject, and who does have a leadership role (at the Gnome Foundation): Telsa Gwynne [linux.org.uk].

      She herself would probably deny being a "free software hacker", though her testing and documentation work is critical to making the Gnome desktop a high-quality product.

    • I seriously doubt that Jonas, the guy who runs GNU-Friends, is sexist in any way. And I for one would also like to see some interviews with some female hackers.

      If you mail the people who are running that site and suggest some female hackers who do good GPL'd work, I daresay you might actually see some of those interviews go up too. I know they'd attract a lot of attention, and they'd be a good change of pace, you're right.

      Now, not to be sexist, I know that there are GNU hackers out there that are female, but I really can't think of any of their names off of the top of my head. Many people have heard of some of the core GNU hackers, but I'm having a hard time remembering the names of some of the female ones I've heard about.

      Change that! Mail the people at gnu-friends and make some suggestions! Please just don't sit back and gripe about the lack of interviews with women if you're not willing to suggest anyone. :)

    • it's not as if there aren't any "free software hackers" who are ladies.

      Only one in a hundred [infonomics.nl], if Rishab Ghosh's FLOSS Survey [infonomics.nl] is a representative sample.

    • ...you would think that at least ONE of the first set of interviews could be with a girl or a woman... it's not as if there aren't any "free software hackers" who are ladies. hmm.--katie

      There really aren't that many famous female free software hackers. I can think of a famous female free software MANAGER and a WRITER but few software developers. That's really amazing and deserves further investigation. Female software developers are a small minority to start with but somehow open source/free software seems to weed them out even more. I could hypothesize why this is (probably a variety of reasons) but I think it deserves indepth study. It would be great to poll male and female CS graduates on a variety of ambitions and emotions and then track which ones become open source hackers. It would also be useful to track their career paths. If most women are pushed into relationship-oriented jobs (management, marketing, phone support) then they may not have the opportunity to even play with open source software enough to want to contribute to it.

      • There are several female hackers - you just have to know where to look. Lots of them seem to congregate at Linuxchix [linuxchix.org]. In fact, I recent profiled kernel hacker Val Henson in an article that's posted at Newsforge [newsforge.com]. And here's one about programmer Jenn Vesperman [newsforge.com]. And, granted, Telsa Gwynne isn't a hacker [newsforge.com], but she's a fantastic bug reporter and a member of the GNOME board. And next week, a profile on Netscape and Mozilla hacker Akkana Peck will be up.

        I've found that the female programmers I know are some of the most interesting, intelligent, well-spoken, and polite people I've ever met. And they give good interviews.

    • Someone already mentioned Telsa Gwynne [newsforge.com] (although she isn't a programmer), but how about Val Hanson [newsforge.com] and Jenn Vesperman [newsforge.com]? I'm gonna talk this over with some friends and see who else we can come up with. Hopefully the interviews I've linked to can tide you over.:P Apparently Newsforge is doing a series on women in open source, although I don't think that should get any one else off the hook... Oh yeah, I'd just like to say that I don't think that the author(s) of the original interviews are sexist... I just think they could stand to work towards being more inclusive... In the end, that will inspire more women to get involved in what is ultimately an ALIENATING community. Which can only lead to positive input and the general growth of the community.--katie
  • by sharkey ( 16670 )
    GNU Twins Powers ACTIVATE!
    Shape of ... a Version 20.0 Gnu!
    Form of ... an ice Compiler!

    na.na.na.nah.na.na.na.nah.na.naaa....
  • by nob ( 244898 ) on Friday March 15, 2002 @02:09PM (#3169132) Homepage
    I read the interviews, and they don't tell you how to make GNU friends. We're stuck with our old D&D playing, zit faced, smelly friends until we can afford that 'vette.
  • I wonder if the BSD people will be allowed to be interviewed. Anyway, naming this as "GNU Friends" is at least bizarre.
  • Who is the sexiest hacker in the BSD/Linux community? On the male side, Eric Raymond, Dick Stallman, Linus Torvald, Alan Cox, they all look terribly ugly and unattractive. Robert Love is kinda cute. Who else really could win the prize? What about female side? I can't think of anyone...

    PPA, the girl next door.
  • DOA! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I click on the links and get GNO-Friends.

    I mean here's Gnothing there.

  • I tried the link and my machine can't find the name gnu-friends.org - is this a new DNS entry that just hasn't propigated to around these parts yet, or is something wrong here?
  • interviews:
    Karl Berry [google.com]
  • GPL? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Yoda2 ( 522522 )
    I have a few GNU/GPL friends, but unfortunately I have to share them with everyone.
    • Re:GPL? (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I just use mine internally and haven't had the heart to release them yet.
    • I have a few GNU/GPL friends, but unfortunately I have to share them with everyone.

      Does that mean you keep your non-GPL friends locked in a closet?
      [ah, well, I guess it's one way of promoting the GPL!]

  • Damn /. I can't even get to my GNU/Friends now.

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