seanlkml at sympatico.ca
Fri Mar 31 20:04:06 UTC 2006
On Fri, 31 Mar 2006 14:57:30 -0500
"Eric S. Raymond" <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:
> If this list weren't 99% populated by techies, you'd see hundreds of
> mails like this.
You're right. And they'd hopefully understand the answer they got
better than you're managing to process it. ;o)
> One of the things I make a special point of doing is keeping in touch
> with people who are in the trenches every day doing Linux conversions
> for SOHO customers. And kids, it's a whole 'nother world out there.
> Your average Linux developer is just *astonishingly* naive about what
> actual customers' priorities are and what drives technology adoption.
I'd assume that many people on this list work in the "trenches" just
as much as you do. You're trying to say your opinion is more
informed than the people you're debating; that awfully presumptuous.
> I wish I had the luxury of such naivete. I wish we could fort up in
> our technical-specialist back-room niche, worship at the shrine of
> 100% undiluted free software, and not worry about what very powerful
> enemies will do if we don't outgrow their capacity to smother us.
The people debating in this thread have given you lots of chances to
notice that they're not disagreeing with you about many of your basic
points. You're forced to assume their naive because you can't
seem to come to terms with the points you're actually mistaken about.
> Alas, reality is not that kind.
There is plenty of oportunity in _reality_ to work on the issues that
interest you. Nobody is arguing that your objectives are wrong, just
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