Re: what's the killer app for GNU/Linux systems?
On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 20:30:58 -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> On 11/30/06 16:29, Florian Kulzer wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 16:07:36 -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> >> On 11/30/06 15:41, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> >>> On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 02:30:54PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> >>>> The *real* killer "app" was Linus' decision to develop Linux openly.
> >>> I took a software engineering class where the professor maintained that
> >>> the only notable contribution that Linus Torvalds has made to the
> >>> programming/compsci/compeng world was figuring out how to make it
> >>> possible for hundreds of people to work on the same code base without
> >>> stepping all over each other.
> >>> I'm not sure if I agree with that being his *only* contribution, but it
> >>> sure is a good one nonetheless.
> >> I guess it depends on your definition of "notable". For the longest
> >> time, he never use a vcs, and so *lots* of patches got lost.
> > He redeemed himself, though, when he decided to start using Bitkeeper,
> > right?
> No doubt.
> Unfortunately, "finally using a vcs in the 21st century" is *not* a
> notable contribution to the world of software engineering.
I was trying to be sarcastic anyway, seeing how the Bitkeeper story