[linux-elitists] Gentoo Linux Releases 2004.3 (fwd from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org)

Mike MacCana mmaccana@redhat.com
Tue Nov 16 22:16:36 PST 2004


Teh Entar-Nick wrote:

>begin  Jeff Weff  quotation:
>  
>
>>The culture of cool surrounding "compile everything yourself" is
>>leading potential contributors astray. Instead of aspiring to
>>writing code, they end up thinking they've scaled the mountain when
>>they can "build their own OS" all by themselves.
>>    
>>
>
>	I remember back in the slackware days, I was telling this old
>Ultrix/Irix/whateverproprietaryUnix admin all about "compiling my own
>kernel".  He didn't believe me, and demanded proof.
>
>	So I did me a make config, dep, all that good stuff, and then
>started the build.  Whee, stuff scrolls by!
>
>	So he starts laughing.
>
>	"BULLSHIT!" He cried, "BUUUUULLLLSHIT!"
>
>	When I finally caught him down off his roar long enough to
>listen to me, he explained how he had proven me wrong:
>
>	"You're compiling *Linus's* kernel, not YOUR OWN!"
>
>	I wonder if he still has a job.
>  
>
I hope he does, he's made an important point (which oddly seems to be 
the same as Jeff's - watching the compile process for someone elses 
stuff scroll by does not make you a software engineer).

Someone Who is Not and Has no Intention of Ever Being a Software Engineer




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