Re: Using Ubuntu when I'm used to Debian.
On 4 Apr 2006, Hal Vaughan wrote:
> I never said they were hostile toward me. And that is not what I've
> seen in terms of complaints. It's usually along the lines of "Why
> can't they edit text files, like we do?" I have yet to see someone
> complain that the problem with a gui or easy-to-use config program
> is that it creates problems (other than Webmin).
Let me put it this way: I volunteer my time to scratch an
itch, usually something that I need for myself. I also am concerned
with code complexity, ease of maintenance as well as ease of use,
and ease of use vs ease of learning.
When someone asks for a feature I don't think adds enough to
be worth the time, I probably won't do it -- though well formulated
patches are still likely to be accepted.
> I think you've completely mistaken my point about suggestions, and
> just assumed I was taking it personally. My point is that whenever
> an easier way comes out, or someone suggests something easier, there
> is usually hostility from some groups. It's the "it was good enough
> for my grandfather, it's good enough for me" attitude. It's also
> the, "It's hard, it takes a geek to understand, and that's the way
> it should be" attitude, as opposed to, "Well, it's different, it's
> not my way, but it works for those that don't have time to learn
> everything about Linux but want to use it."
I detect a great deal of hostility in the preceding
paragraph. As an author/maintainer, the package is working well
enough for me. If there is a feature request, someone has to convince
me of the ROI of time for me to consider doing it. If you really
really need the feature, and demand I implment this, send me email
off line to ask for my consulting rates.
If you think this is hostile, I am sorry, but you are not
paying me well enough to sugar coat my communication.
Life is a grand adventure -- or it is nothing. Helen Keller
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.golden-gryphon.com/>
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