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.