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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 8, 2012 22:53 UTC (Thu) by davide.del.vento (guest, #59196)
In reply to: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software by aseigo
Parent article: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

You wrote:

> Linus' opinion on desktop software is as meaningful as
> his opinions on rocket ships, film production, oil
> recovery techniques, sociology, religious history,
> automobile engineering or any of the other topics
> he has no meaningful expertise in.

This is clearly false. He is a (kernel) developer and his needs and preferences are pretty similar to the ones who use the desktop for the purpose he does, namely other developers, even if they are not kernel ones. In fact, while I am not a kernel developer and I disagree with most if not all of his own preference, I do agree with his Desktop views, which I made on my own.


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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 6:04 UTC (Fri) by Tara_Li (subscriber, #26706) [Link]

Actually, if you look at his latest posts, and follow what he is doing - he's not actually doing so much direct development now, as much as he's coordinating other developers. This is a fairly different task list. He also provides support for other users in his household, so he has exposure to different use cases.

Basically - Linus has a proven track record when it comes to software. That means it's worth listening to him. Personally, I dislike the entire "desktop environment" thing, to start with - it's become very hard to use a different window manager, and older window managers get dropped not because they don't work - but because they can't work within the newer "environments" that take over parts of what they used to do - but not everything.

Why, yes, I'm kinda bitter about running e16 on Natty Narwhale, and I probably will be running it for a while yet, as it's very nicely light on memory use and CPU time.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 13:44 UTC (Fri) by kh (subscriber, #19413) [Link]

He has also proven he has good taste when it comes to software aesthetics and usability - that is, besides his usefulness as a developer, he has proven to be a good critic, who consistently and clearly articulates what a majority of "normal" desktop users are likely to want and care about.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 22, 2012 16:16 UTC (Thu) by TRauMa (guest, #16483) [Link]

What? Usability? Because the linux kernel certainly won a whole slew of user interface awards? Or the first versions of git (shudder)?

To this day it puzzles me why anyone took Linus this seriously when he argued about user interfaces. His track record in userspace is, well, mixed, to be polite.

Interfaces

Posted Nov 22, 2012 17:30 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

At least he has userspace interfaces covered.

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 23, 2012 14:45 UTC (Fri) by kh (subscriber, #19413) [Link]

[quoting] _besides his usefulness as a developer_

I can't decide if you suffer from poor reading comprehension, or if you intended to respond to some other post. (Not that I agree with your conclusions nor assertions in isolation either.)


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