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osOpinion: Children of the Kernel

Aug 21, 2000, 01:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hugo Rabson)

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"Everyone knows by now that the Linux kernel started out as the pet project of a college kid in Finland. Hundreds of truly, madly, deeply cool Linux apps are developed in people's free time. Sometimes they are commercial projects with GPL'd spin-offs but most of the really neat code to enter the Kingdom of Torvalds comes from people who do it because they feel they have something to contribute to the community... or maybe just because they feel like it."

"Be nice to them or they'll stop. They surely ain't doing it to please you. I can't be the only software developer to get e-mail saying things like:"

"Your program sounds like a really cool idea, if only I could get it to work. ;-p When I run it, it bombs out & says something about not being able to find some files. I'm running an AMD computer. What do I do?"

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