effective communication and effective free software
ajax at redhat.com
Mon Jun 13 17:35:16 UTC 2011
On 6/13/11 12:18 PM, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> Sloppy attitude like this is the reason just about any daemon
> (more and more of which pop up like mushrooms in every new release,
> I must add) eats at least a few megabytes of RAM.
I'd have more empathy for your position if you'd made even a cursory
investigation into what that memory was being used for.
To be clear, this is an observation about how you're presenting your
argument. The original post reads mostly as "this looks like it's doing
too much, because of these things that I don't understand but I just
_know_ they're not necessary, so obviously this is all crap and everyone
who's working on it should be ashamed". Even if you were right, that's
not a tone of voice that makes people want to listen to you.
Would you rather make a good OS, or have internet arguments about why
we're making a bad OS?
If you approach a project by saying "I've found that we're burning a lot
of memory here, and I don't quite understand why, but it seems to be
related to the frobnitz component", that's productive. It shows that
you're concerned with quality, and that you've put some effort into
understanding how things are already structured, even if you don't have
a solution. It's a sign that you have some skin in the game (apologies
if that idiom doesn't translate well).
Instead, when you say things like:
> It's quite pathetic, really. You can easily tell which software
> was developed earlier just by looking at its memory usage.
... the message is that you're not, in fact, invested, that you're
perfectly happy to just switch back to twm because you don't need all
that fancy stuff. That's an individual choice you are perfectly free to
make, of course, but this is not the list for "here's the choices I've
made to set up my Fedora machine just the way I like it". This is the
list for solutions, not configurations, and not complaints.
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