[nycbug-talk] Re: Women in Open Source (fwd)

Okan Demirmen okan
Mon Aug 2 22:39:32 EDT 2004

On Mon 2004.08.02 at 22:28 -0400, Marc Spitzer wrote:
> On Mon, 02 Aug 2004 20:30:58 -0400 (EDT)
> Dru <dlavigne6 at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > 
> > A few months ago, I was asked to partake in an email survey, the
> > results of which are to be officially published tomorrow (and later in
> > a print magazine) at:
> > 
> > http://pyre.third-bit.com/wios/
> > 
> > My final feedback to the surveyor (and their response) follows.
> > Personally, I find the results alarming and am interested in hearing
> > the perspective from the group.
> > 
> > While it won't come out in the article, it did bring up another slant
> > that should be pursued (though I don't know how yet...) The uninformed
> > perception re: open source and geekdom seems to be unfairly tainted by
> > slashdot moronics and programmer tantrums. I've found the perception
> > of BSD to be far more mature. Sounds like some sort of opportunity
> > here.
> One of my opinions on BSD vs Linux mindset is as follows:
> BSD is old school, aka MIT AI koans.  Where the student is trying to
> impress the *Professor*.  So the reward, recognition, comes from
> thinking about hard problems and then implementing the solution.  The 
> fact that you wrote lots of code is besides the point, its a given.
> Linux is new school.  The students are trying to impress the other
> students. And these people are not yet wise enough to realize that
> coding is all things considered the easy bit.  This leads to the
> fascination with reimplementing the designs of others, instead of
> writing 1/5 the code and spending 10X the effort to do something NEW.

ah yes, the age old evolutionary vs revolutionary mindset - i agree.


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