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4Oct/05Off

What This Editor Really Needs Is A ‘Crazy Talk’ Checker

It's getting to that point in the week where I'm partially caught up on the work I've procrastinated on up until now and I'm trying to work my way through a few ideas I've been thinking about. The best way for me to do this, usually, is to spill a couple hundred words here and have some of my friends call me on the terrible parts of my ideas. You really can't ask for more than that.

One thing that has really vexed me for a while, and maybe this is because so much ink has been spilled over it in the past few months, is the perceived damage that Ubuntu is doing to Debian. This subject is wildly interesting but ultimately not that important in the bigger picture. Debian has survived how many near identical attempts to exploit (and I mean this in the nicest possible sense of that term probably more akin to 'leverage') the core as another product, etc, etc, etc.? This subject deserves a longer and more explicit post about it but I just don't have the time tonight. Go read Mark Shuttleworth's recent additions to the FAQ and ponder in the mean time. I have very mixed feelings about many aspects of what he's said but more when I have time to think it all through rather than spewing a bunch of bile.

Seth Godin has a post about kinds of cereal and marketing that is equally applicable to the recurrent debate about the number of Linux distributions. If there are too many for you to handle then ignore the others. There is plenty of room at the pond for even the slowest and least intelligent of the animal kingdom. I do like Seth's analogy, though, as it uses pretty universal terminology even if the word 'marketing' appears more times than I would like it to.

This issue of First Monday is devoted to open source. I haven't had time to read much more than the introduction but much of it looks intriguing at the very least. Even when First Monday has totally pissed me off I've never actually felt insulted. That is an indication of higher praise than is probably apparent. ESR has some pre-shithouse rat crazy writings featured in it (yes, it is the thing you've already read) and there are some others that I want to read simply because the title sounds promising.

The site is going to undergo some minorly major changes in the near future. It is time to trim flab and fluff. It is also time to write something that approaches coherency and stays on topic for plural seconds. Yes, there will be longer things. It will be just like the good old days except Aaron won't be here and your heating bill this winter is going to be $Freedom million dollars. Prepare your hand baskets.

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