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Eric Raymond: Kernel configuration. It's not just a job, it's an adventure!

Jun 19, 2001, 05:45 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

Prompted to make the new kernel configuration tool, CML2, a better fit for "serious, hard-core hackers," Eric Raymond has concocted an interface style that starts something like this:

"Welcome to CML2 Adventure, version 1.6.1. 
You are in a maze of twisty little Linux kernel options menus, all different. 
The main room. A sign reads `Linux Kernel Configuration System'. 
Passages lead off in all directions."

> n 
The arch room. A sign reads `Processor type'. 
A passage leads upwards. 

Choose your processor architecture. 
A brass lantern is here. 
There is a row of buttons on the wall of this room. They read: 
X86, ALPHA, SPARC32, SPARC64, MIPS32, MIPS64, PPC, M68K, ARM, SUPERH, IA64, PARISC, S390, S390X, CRIS 
The button marked X86 is pressed. 

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