Re: CS4232 loop (fwd)
>>"Civ" == Civ Kevin F Havener <email@example.com> writes:
Civ> On 4 Apr 1997, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
Manoj> A little retrospection shows that although many fine, useful
Manoj> software systems have been designed by committees and built as part
Manoj> of multipart projects, those software systems that have excited
Manoj> passionate fans are those that are the products of one or a few
Manoj> designing minds, great designers. Consider Unix, APL, Pascal,
Manoj> Modula, the Smalltalk interface, even Fortran; and contrast them
Manoj> with Cobol, PL/I, Algol, MVS/370, and MS-DOS. Fred Brooks, Jr.
(As someone pointed out to me, Perl belongs to the former category too)
Civ> So Manoj, what category is a Debian System: design by committee
Civ> or by the committed? =8-)
Oh, the latter, certainly. Linus is still the final arbiter of
the kernel, and when I wrote the kernel-package, there was no
committee second guessing me.
Oh, people report bugs, that's only fair. And sometimes, I am
gently reminded by my esteemed fellow developers about what a
ridiculous ass I have made myself on some technical point or the
other ;-), but never the shade of a committee bearing down on me.
who never could even learn to march in step while drilling
"You know how Einstein got bad grades as a kid? Well, MINE are even
Manoj Srivastava <url:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>