24 Mar 2001


Small world, again: That ominous dark stain near the front door of the office was me. Ask malcolm, who can probably better embarrass me than I can. (malcolm, are you getting your email?)


Nothing much to say. Missing LUG’s CodeFest (that Jaq happens to be missing too, sadly) for reasons beyond belief. :( Seems this means everyone can take the piss (or worse, just be straight out nasty). I don’t really know what to say anymore.

Gotta get out of here. Fast.

My, and sneakums previous two entries don’t make sense without reading them together.

Back to not-fun coding, eh?

19 Mar 2001


Aye, aye! When I was going through my Ex-Red Hat user stage (of course I would use myself as proof), I used to consider Debian the complete OS, and others… mess. One of the most important factors in my mind – to be a great OS – is consistency. The Rule of Least Surprise. Debian’s rigid policies achieve this outstandingly – I hope Progeny can build an excellent OS for new users on top of this magnificent base.

My OS is built the same way as the software that I use. That rocks.

19 Mar 2001


It’s true, Debian users can be complete arseholes. Not just annoying prats, but full on complete arseholes. It’s almost embarrassing – you’re just sitting back, showing people some cool tech that will make their lives easier and hopefully impress them with it’s elegance – when some slimey little pinprick comes in and squeals about how 1337 apt-get is or something.

the apt-get religion is bullshit

I have a theory however, and so far it has been confirmed in a number of different people: Ex-Red Hat converts are like ex-smokers; irritating at best, Napoleonic at worst. So, when you’re looking for some serious insight into why Debian is such a cool OS, don’t ask the Ex-Red Hat user.

Yes, the apt-get religion is bullshit, because there’s too many other things about Debian that are far more outstanding. Everyone and their Chihuahua has heard about it and replicated at least some of it’s functionality… Let’s advocate the really interesting stuff now, shall we?

Next time, my theories on why comparing Free Software to Libertarianism or Communism is a red herring, and why homosexuality is a better point of comparison. (No, seriously.)

17 Mar 2001


Looks like someone’s project tag patch made it into mod_virgule… I guess I should learn to resend patches more often. Mine had a <project> tag too. Ah well. ;-)

Forty Days, Forty Nights

Finished reading Rebel Code. Odd to read a history with such… proximity. It really highlights the years I lost to the wilderness of proprietary software, and the time I spent away from computing at all due to disillusionment with “the industry”.

I first started playing with Free Software when Linux was still pre-1.0, completely missing out on the political side of things. I tinkered, compiled kernels and read the source a fair bit. I only came back as Linux 2.2 was being released, and thrust all the proprietary software off my system as Gnome matured. I’d finally found something worth coming back to computing for: Free Software.

Another inexplicably deep connection between eras, it was an ex-girlfriend’s father who brought me back…

Years ago when I first visited her house, Silke showed off the home network, and the computer in her room. I was suitably impressed already, but the familiar “LILO” prompt – sadly booting into a Windows partition – knocked me off my feet. I hadn’t seen that for a couple of years. Grahame wandered past and proclaimed, “I’ve shut down the server! It’s off the network!” I guess that back then, any kid who knew what a LILO prompt was knew enough to be dangerous.

Into the more recent past… As it turned out, Grahame was heavily involved with SLUG back then, and still was in March 2000. He urged me to get more involved, nominating me for a position on the SLUG committee. Since then, my entire professional life has changed, I’ve made some killer sacrifices to spend more of my time working with and on Free Software, and I’m so much happier doing computery things now than I ever was before.

… and of course, there’s still so much more to do.

Strange, I had other things to write about too, I think.