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SubjectRe: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution)
On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 05:34:23PM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Because the second we stop thinking about Aunt Tillie,
> we start making excuses for badly-designed interfaces and excessive
> complexity.

Bollocks. The second we (including you) stop thinking about the _user_ of the
technology, we make bad decisions. This is not the same thing.

We don't expect Aunt Tillie to write kernel drivers for her knitting machine.
She (and we) expect(s) someone else to do that for her.

The Aunt Tillies of this world don't install of update Windows (or Mac O/S) for
themselves except perhaps via "Windows Update" or "Apple Update", which (guess
what) supplies a prebuilt binary and DOESN'T BUILD THEM A KERNEL.

Besides any other factor, the download/install/reboot time is less than the
download-full-tarball/untar/configure/compile/install/reboot cycle.

Sean
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