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O'Reilly: The System, Man

May 22, 2004, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jono Bacon)

[ Thanks to Jono Bacon for this link. ]

"Come with me, close your eyes, and imagine a world filled with excitable programmers and software users who love free software. One such user, we will call her Bertha, loves to write software, and has always dreamed of writing the one true weather reporting panel applet. Bertha sits back, stretches her fingers, shaking with excitement, ready to jump into the world of free software, and, and... registers a Sourceforge account.

"Bertha is wise to the ways of development. She knows she needs a CVS server, mailing list, website, bug tracking system, forums, feedback reporting systems, download repositories and more. All of these services are available to her and she has seen her favourite projects with such ample resources. Bertha wants her panel applet to be the queen of panel applets, reputed for weather reporting accuracy and an exquisitely designed configuration dialog box, so she sets forth to hunting out documentation on each of these resources..."

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