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Re: what's the killer app for GNU/Linux systems?

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On 12/01/06 12:30, Nate Duehr wrote:
> 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.
> He was wrong.  People step all over each other in the kernel and just
> about every application that requires more than a few developers all the
> time in the open-source world.  [Hint, see recent ABI screw-ups in
> mysql-server and mysql-client... not caused by Debian, happened
> upstream.  Retarded bugs really, too.]

Just because Linus solved a *social* problem, doesn't mean that that
ability was instantly transmitted to every other project.

> CVS/Subversion/[insert tool du jour here] are what REALLY allow
> collaborative development.  That and communication, both public and
> private, between the devs.
> The fact that "stepping on" happens every day, is why new versions
> aren't released the second the source hits the tree.

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Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

Is "common sense" really valid?
For example, it is "common sense" to white-power racists that
whites are superior to blacks, and that those with brown skins
are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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