[linux-elitists] Cluster filesystems

Jason Spence jspence@lightconsulting.com
Sat Jan 3 18:58:43 PST 2004


On Fri, Jan 02, 2004 at 05:52:24PM -0800, Nick Moffitt wrote: 
> begin  Nathan Poznick  quotation:
> > However, the attitude of CFS leaves a lot to be desired.  
> 
> 	What is it with people kvetching about developers' attitudes
> here?  Why the hell is this relevant?  Are you just not technically
> skilled enough to make any other argument?  Do their roadmaps and
> changelogs make no sense to you or something?
> 
> 	Developers' attitudes are the tea leaves left at the bottom of
> the mug.  They're the strip of paper in the fortune cookie.  Quit it
> with the "attitude" phrenology and just talk about the goddamn
> software!

I feel the need to point out that the only means by which a user,
unable or unwilling to review the code himself, can trust the authors
of the software he uses, is to make a judgment call based on what he
knows about the authors [1].

This is the reason why professions which put people's lives at stake
worry about things like honor and professionalism and ethics.  You
cannot trust a doctor, pilot, or soldier who does not have these
things any more than you can trust a programmer who does not.  And
these days, bad software is becoming inreasingly able to threaten
lives.

Admittedly, a cluster filesystem is quite a bit different from, say, a
control system for a nuclear missile silo, and the CFS developers'
words, intent, and attitudes are perhaps not as relevant as the
software itself, but that is not to say that it would be undesirable
for programmers as a whole to encourage more politic behavior amongst
ourselves.

A programmer who is more, um, "vocal" about their working conditions
also raises the question of their ability to make decisions without
the burden of excessive job-related stress, and the quality of the
resulting code.

[1] Note that the first condition is true in the Microsoft case, and
many of us choose not to use their products because of said judgment
call.

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