Linux.org.au: LCA2003--A Triumphal Wrap-Up
Jan 29, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There are important messages in this: attack Linus, says the
fine print, and Linux will thunder on regardless â€"
but you? You will have millions of people around the world on your
case. Linux is everybody, not just Linus. Perhaps this is a reason
why the Torvalds family can act like the nice people they are, not
cordoned off behind press agents and security people. Linus is one
hacker among a loose brotherhood of equals, a 'common elite', the
kind of relationship with many religions and political systems have
striven for and fallen short of.
"The PenguinMeister wrote a book, and called it 'just for fun.'
He tells us that's the secret to getting him to come to a
conference: make it easy for him to come, make it fun, have some
real content (not just marketing). Not the forced-hilarity
commercial kind of fun, but the laid-back, playful, amateur,
spontaneous fun that characterises so much of open source.
Computer-illiterates reading that sentence might think I've been
staring at monitors for too long, but yes, computer software can be
fun, and we had some (software and fun) at LCA2003.
"Some of the fun started with the penguin suit..."