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HowSoftwareIsBuilt.com interview - Adam Williamson

Dec 01, 2008, 21:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Adam Williamson for this link. ]

"I know exactly the situation you mean--they're asking for the moon on a plate, but they don’t realize it. The classic example is someone coming into the forums after they try out Mandriva, and it's the first Linux they've tried. They say "well, why doesn't my wireless card work?" and "why doesn't this USB Bluetooth adapter work?" and "Linux is just rubbish! Why doesn't all this stuff just work straight away?”

"I find all that a bit funny, because I came in around 2001, when you’d have the exact same tenor of post on mailing lists or Usenet at the time. The difference is that back then, it would be, "Why doesn't my network card work? Why doesn't my graphics card work?" We've gone from broken graphics cards to broken Bluetooth in five years, which I think is pretty good, actually."

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