What’s in a word?
I happened upon the latest from the KDE project announcing the release of their first dev snapshot “Krash”. The release details say “This snapshot is not for end users, there is no guarantee that it will be stable, the interfaces are subject to changes at any time“, but I think calling it “Krash” probably pushes the point forwards.
Hans Bezemer, in his blog, asks “Who understands the OSS community?” Only he is much better on his community-spiel than on his literary one:
“Jim Morrison once said “You can’t petition the Lord with prayer”. To paraphrase that it I’d like to say “You can’t address the OSS community”, because it is much too varied to be addressed“. To which I say: “Wrong analogy”. Morrison indeed said “you can’t petition the Lord with prayers”, meaning that over-praying does not makes the chances of a prayal work better. If I want to get something, succeed in something, or just need a favour, putting that in my prayer (according to some dogmas), should be enough. Thinking the squeeky wheel might get the grease this time is akin of considering God to be an overworked wish-clerk, rather than the almightly, omnipotent, creator. Petitioning the Lord with prayers, in this sense, can be seen as saying “I believe you exist, but I don’t believe you hear everyone, or that you’ll hear my request, so I’ll repeat it ad-nauseum until you’ll break and grant me my wish”. Not very devoted.
On the other hand, saying “you can’t address the OSS community” for it’s diversity, has nothing to do with one’s belief in the OSS community, or about the volume of attempts you make.
And finally, yet another website finds that you can either be unknown, or massively famous, and what it means: “500 Internal Server Error. Thanks digg.com :)“