|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|A comment on schedules:|
Ok, how long will it take?
For each manager involved in initial meetings add one month.
For each manager who says "data flow analysis" add another month.
For each unique end-user type add one month.
For each unknown software package to be employed add two months.
For each unknown hardware device add two months.
For each 100 miles between developer and installation add one month.
For each type of communication channel add one month.
If an IBM mainframe shop is involved and you are working on a non-IBM
system add 6 months.
If an IBM mainframe shop is involved and you are working on an IBM
system add 9 months.
Round up to the nearest half-year.
By the way, ALL software projects are done by iterative prototyping.
Some companies call their prototypes "releases", that's all.
|"I took the initiative in creating the Internet."|
-- Al Gore
"Today I am one of the senior technical cadre that makes the Internet
work, and a core Linux and open-source developer. I have closely studied
the history of the Internet technical culture."
-- Eric S. Raymond
|Microsoft Open Source Solitaire|
REDMOND, WA -- In a first attempt at "embrace-and-extend" of open source
software, Microsoft will release its popular Solitaire and FreeCell games as
open source under the MILA (Microsoft Innovative License Agreement).
According to a Microsoft press release, the Visual C++ source code for the
two games will be available from the Microsoft website "in the first quarter"
(no year was specified).
Industry pundits hail the move as revolutionary. "Microsoft's release of its
most popular Windows feature as open source software demonstrates just how
innovative the company really is. The DoJ is clearly barking up the wrong
tree," wrote one Ziff-Davis flunkie. One executive at a large company said,
"Freely available source code is the best idea Microsoft has ever invented."
One Linux developer told Humorix, "Let's just hope some fool doesn't try to
port this thing to Linux. Imagine the havoc that could ensue if a bunch of
core Linux contributors downloaded Solitaire and became addicted to it. It
would be a disaster! Linux and open source development would grind to a halt
while the hackers wasted their time playing Solitaire or FreeCell. 'Just one
more game...' they would say."
|Microsoft Fights Linux -- By Contributing Kernel Patches |
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... and then destory 'em. That seems to be the
new Microsoft strategy for dealing with Linux. Instead of fighting a FUD or
patent war, Microsoft operatives are doing something totally out of character:
they are contributing patches for the Linux kernel and other programs.
Don't worry, Microsoft is still evil. It's all part of a massive denial of
service attack against Linus Torvalds designed to bring kernel development to
a standstill. By sending over 10,000 patches per minute by email to Linus and
other top kernel hackers, Microsoft has exposed Linux's Achilles heel.
"I can't believe this is happening!" one stressed-out kernel hacker said at a
press conference on IRC. "If this goes on, we may have to conduct kernel
development over some other network protocol, like avian carriers... Aw crap,
there's smoke coming from my email server! Ahh... it can't handle the load!"
At this point the developer cut off and we haven't heard from him since.
At first Linus was unsure where the deluge of patches was coming from. But
when he saw one patch to replace kernel panics with bluescreens, the source
was pretty obvious. "Oh, and the fact that all of the patches are covered by
Microsoft's GPL [Grossly Private License] was a dead giveaway, too,"
|<Knghtbrd> mariab - I am a Debian developer. Red Hat is "the enemy" or|
something like that I guess.. Still, typecasting RH users as
idiots or their distribution as completely broken by default
is complete and total FUD.
|<knghtbrd> eek, not another one...|
<knghtbrd> Seems ever developer and their mother now has a random
signature using irc quotes ...
<knghtbrd> WHAT HAVE I STARTED HERE??
|Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names|
the streets after them.
-- Bill Vaughn