Re: The prevailing Debian culture
At the risk of becoming tiresome, I also have a thought or two on competition
to fling into the brew here. " This culture of create a solution to meet your
own needs, and
let the best solution win (suboptimal solutions lose mind share) is
one of the major strengths of free software. We may find, however,
that this also engenders a certain competitiveness, especially in
grabbing mind share; and you can't totally eliminate one without
harming the other."
Beautiful. I like it. Manoj's post implies that Debian is rather liberal in
supporting projects, and letting them survive or not on their own merits.
Very cool, I think.
But I think Manoj might be missing the point a bit when he discusses
confrontation. Confrontation along the lines of "your code is poo, my code
does it better and here it is" actually accomplishes something. Or "I agree
that X is a a problem, but I don't think your plan is going to solve it, so
I'm going to implement a different plan." That's very different from plain
old trolling, and the stream of whining/nitpicking/complaining/attacking that
D-W is having the pleasure of hosting. I see no reason to support such
Implicit in the trolling here is plain old misogyny- us women is just too
stupid and irrational to know our minds, we are wrong about our own
experiences, and we sure can't be trusted to try to solve our own problems.
Which are all in our heads, anyway. Nope, nothing we say or do here can
possibly be valid. Etc. There's nothing new here, we've been fighting this
garbage our whole lives. Though I'll keep my mind open to the possibility
that these are equal opportunity trolls, who just plain hate everything.
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