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osOpinion: Avoiding Bad Software Design

Jul 27, 2000, 08:38 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Monty Manley)

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"I get a lot of e-mail about my essays. Some of it is laudatory and filled with ego-boosting comments, but a lot of it is the usual "you're a complete retard" stuff that I usually just redirect to /dev/null after reading the first semi-literate paragraph. Occasionally, though, I get a thoughtful, well-reasoned reply taking a contrary position, and I will generally respond to these folks. In a few cases it has led to a fruitful exchange of ideas."

"A common thread in the e-mail is of the "if you're so good, fix it yourself" variety. This is ostensibly what Open Source is about, after all; if you see a problem, you fix it and submit your fix back to the community. Everyone wins. The hungry are fed, the homeless given shelter, and the enslaved made free. Kumbayah!"

"...except it doesn't really work like that."

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