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

Teh Entar-Nick nick@teh.entar.net
Wed Nov 17 08:11:52 PST 2004

begin  Mike MacCana  quotation:
> watching the compile process for someone elses stuff scroll by does
> not make you a software engineer).

	Yeah, sure.  I'm with you there.  The thing that most people
forget in this debate is that stuff used to be *seriously broken* as a
general rule.  Back when I learned to compile stuff from source, I'd
get all sorts of errors and have to fix things.  First it was
makefiles, then header files, and eventually I had to tweak little .c

	Admittedly I had learned C to a bone-headed novice level
already at the time, but it was enough to figure it out.  It made me
feel that my then-totally-useless grasp of C was enough to get *some*
tasks done.  That was a big deal.  Twiddling array sizes and writing
wrapper functions to mismatched library routines was quite a rush when
I didn't have any confidence in my ability to write an actual program
in C.

"virii" would be the plural of the mythical masculine        Nick Moffitt
noun "virius". The neuter plural of "virus" would be        nick@zork.net
"vira" (as "opus" & "opera"), and "viri" is the plural
of the masculine "vir" (man). It really is "viruses"!

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