Tag: open-source

Apathy of the Commons

Eight years ago, I filed a bug on an open-source project. HADOOP-3733 appeared to be a minor problem with special characters in URLs. I hadn’t bothered to examine the source code, but I assumed it would be an easy fix. Who knows, maybe it would even give some eager young programmer the opportunity to make…

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The Reluctant Dictator

I have a confession to make. I’m bad at open-source. Not writing the code. I’m pretty good at that. I can even write pretty good documentation. I’m bad at all the rest: patches, mailing lists, chat rooms, bug reports, and anything else that might fall under the heading of “community.” I’m more than bad at…

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The Problem With Common Lisp

… as explained by Sir Kenny, From: Ken Tilton Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:53:07 -0400 Subject: Re: Newbie FAQ #2: Where’s the GUI? Jonathan Gardner wrote: > I know this is a FAQ, but I still don’t have any answers, at least answers that I like. That’s because you missed FAQ #1…

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