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Re: Bruce Perens authored numerous OS apps/tools



[a person lambasted me in private mail for characterizing Bruce Perens
as being without technical qualifications -- this message is bcc'ed to
them]

You misread what I said.  Upon rereading my message later I noticed
that it was possible that my mail could be misconstrued in the manner
that you did.  No one had yet taken me to task for it, so I didn't send
out a postscript.  Now I guess I should have.  I'm aware of Bruce's
authorship of electric-fence.  Indeed, I reckon Bruce is hell of a lot
better programmer than I am.

Permit me to requote the section in question.

The schism that led to Bruce's departure from the Project stems in part
from a penchant among the developers for technical merit first and
foremost -- sometimes with an "other considerations be damned" attitude.
I don't think this characteristic is like to change any time soon.
Therefore, the project leader needs to command the respect of the more
technically-minded of our members.

I don't think it's inaccurate to characterize the rift between Bruce and
several of the other prominent Debian developers in this fashion.  Bruce
wanted Debian to refocus its efforts.  Bruce had tons and tons of technical
qualifications as project leader (if he didn't, I don't think Ian Murdock
would have appointed him), but Bruce himself saw those issues as taking a
back seat to marketability.  He didn't propose too many technical
initiatives in his last year here that I can recall, aside from advocating
a switch to the RPM package format.

I'm sorry you misinterpreted my statement.  I had a lot to say and was
trying keep the length of my message under a megabyte, so perhaps in some
respects a little clarification and elaboration was sacrificed for brevity.
I was more concerned with laying out the issues (as I perceive them), than
with analyzing specific individuals.

If I were to rewrite that mail, I'd probably replace that first sentence
with:

Debian developers are perceived by some as having a penchant for
technical merit first and foremost -- sometimes with an "other
considerations be damned" attitude.

In the future, please consider possibilities other than deliberate
character assassination when reading messages that aggravate you.  Those
who know me from IRC, my other mails to Debian lists, or in person will
tell you that if I wanted to go off on Bruce I'd have done so in no
uncertain terms.  When I rant, it's obvious.

-- 
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