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Re: [opensuse-factory] The Future of SaX2
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 02:13:02 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.2.00.0912070159380.4905@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Sunday, 2009-12-06 at 18:59 +0100, Egbert Eich wrote:

On Sat, Dec 05, 2009 at 01:23:53PM +0100, Carlos E. R. wrote:

Well, plain users can only complain >:-P

My point is that it is not completely true to assume that plain users can
take over maintenance or developing. We can't. I know I can't, even tough I
said that once I did programming for a living.

(The learning curve is too steep as to be discouraging...)

No, I don't think so. There is always an area where one can
get into. You don't have to be able to overlook all technologies
in the entire product. Nobody does - I certainly don't.

Even knowing what function to use to do something, of what is the proper way to do things, is overtly difficult. I have read technical discussions on mail lists that using such obscure function to do something was dumbassed instead of using some other function even more obscure! No, thanks... too complex. I don't have energy left to learn those tricks, this dog is feeling too old.

I once read a book, that SuSE put in the /usr/share/docsomething directory, about programming in linux. It was never finished. And it is obsolete, linux moves too fast.

If anyone wants to encourage new devs to come to linux, and not only young students out of school or university, such texts must be finished and provided.

Most people who got involved in free software because they had a scratch
to itch. Something that bothered them so much that they had to do something
about it.
So either there is nothing that pesters people enough to become involved
themselves or ranting has been such a successful strategy that they
did not have to bother. I don't expect this to be true forever.

Carlos, this is not against you, and I certainly don't expect everybody
who uses free software to also contribute. But the notion 'it is too
difficult anyway' is something that keep people from even trying.

I contribute, but not with coding.

(even though I some code of my own running in this computer...)

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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