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PaulaGordon.com: Free Software (RealAudio Interview with Larry Wall)

Nov 26, 2000, 18:49 (0 Talkback[s])

"A truly great computer programmer is lazy, impatient and full of hubris, says Larry Wall. Laziness drives one to work very hard to avoid future work for a future self. Impatience has the same endgame. And hubris is required for the newest Promethean fire -- inventing computer languages."

"Larry Wall, the man with this unusual prescription, is a leader in the open source software movement, which includes Linux. He?s the linguist who created Perl, the programming language which glues together much of the Internet."

"Computer programming is not about computers, Mr. Wall insists. It's about humans. What drives Mr. Wall and others in the open source software movement? They have a sense of purpose: Improve the lot of humankind. To do that, they create software -- FREE software. And they share."

Complete Story (RealAudio in six parts)

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