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GC Lingua Franca

Feb 11, 2011, 10:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keith Cu)

[ Thanks to KeithCu for this link. ]

"Open Letter to the LKML;

"If we were already talking to our computers, etc. as we should be, I wouldn't feel a need to write this to you. Given current rates of progress, Linux still seems a generation away from being the priceless piece of free software useful to every child and PhD. This army your kernel enables now has millions of people, but they are not working efficiently. My mail one year ago (http://keithcu.com/wordpress/?p=272) listed the biggest workitems, but I realize now I should have focused on one. In a sentence, I have discovered and "proved" that we need GC lingua franca(s). Some may say this is inappropriate here, but I want to get the information into this public record. I studied a lot of inefficiency issues in the free software movement. Science moves at demographic speed when knowledge is not being reused among the existing scientists. The kernel team provides code and leadership, you have influence and the responsibility to lead the rest who are like wandering ants.

"Windows is not the biggest problem, it is the proprietary licensing model that has infected computing, and science. Increasing desktop Linux use will send a stronger signal to the rest of the scientists to use and write free software. Every Linux success builds momentum, but the desktop serves as a powerful daily reminder of the scientific tradition. Driverless cars expert Sebastian Thrun calls his team's code "secret sauce", and this thinking prevents the creation of a place for scientific knowledge to accumulate. If every computer Thrun saw ran the Linux kernel, he would think differently about the code his tiny team is producing. Even Android on phones and tablets is apparently not enough. The biotech world is also currently filled with proprietary software."

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