Posted Aug 12, 2004 5:37 UTC (Thu) by Duncan
Parent article: The value of middlemen
The following is rather minor, and it's obvious upon second look what was
intended, but it DID cause me to stop, go back and reparse the sentence to
see why it didn't make sense the first time thru.
> So, if your drive is /dev/hdc (or, better, /dev/cdwriter),
> you run cdrecord with dev=/dev/cdrom [...]
Where'd /dev/cdrom come from? <g> The hypothetical up to that point was
discussing /dev/hdc, with a parenthetical comment that /dev/cdwriter would
be more appropriate. Nothing at all about /dev/cdrom, until it's pulled
out of thin air, at a point where the reader would expect a reference to
Not that I did well in composition (I didn't), or have any room to
criticise as a writer, but just as an initially confused reader..
The article /does/ make a very valid point, however, one that isn't
commonly emphasized in the community, and that deserves more attention
than it often gets. Distribution developers put a lot of at times very
hard work into their product, taking a lot of heat at times in the
process, and deserve a lot more credit than they sometimes get.
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