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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 4:46 UTC (Fri) by apoelstra (subscriber, #75205)
In reply to: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software by bojan
Parent article: Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

> Are you suggesting that git should not have had a command line interface? If so, which of the GUI toolkits should Linus have chosen?

I think the previous poster was suggesting that git should have had a consistent command-line interface with a sensible mental model behind it, rather than exposing the plumbing with a bunch of bash scripts and calling it a day.

But I disagree: I think he exposed everything needed for others to build the porcelain (something he had no time or incentive to do himself). He stopped there because he's a busy man, rather than because he's an awful designer.


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Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

Posted Nov 9, 2012 5:13 UTC (Fri) by bojan (subscriber, #14302) [Link]

If Wikipedia history of git is correct (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git_%28software%29#History), Linus turned over the project after less than 4 months. That git had any UI at that point is a miracle in itself. That it was used to release 2.6.12, two and a half months after the beginning of development, is nothing short of genius.

So, yeah, I'm with you. He had better things to do. This does not disqualify him in any way from influencing other software development, by providing commentary.


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