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SubjectRe: Availability of kdb
On Wed, 6 Sep 2000, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Sep 2000 lamont@icopyright.com wrote:
> > If you'd read what I wrote in it's entirety, you'd know that I'm very well
> > aware of this perspective.
>
> I read it. I just didn't agree with the level of importance I felt you
> were assigning to corporate use.

Well, what I'm trying to do is raise the issue. If it seems like I'm
trying to make it overly important there's probably some miscommunication
going on.

> I think it's obvious you understand what Linus wrote. I think you
> misunderstand the design focus of the Linux kernel.

I think I understand the design focus as well. Like you said a bit later
its focused on creating a very solid underlying structure. Maybe you're
right that in the long-run Linux will win the race by having the solid
structure with all the features layered properly on top of it. OTOH if
Linux doesn't deliver the features soon, perhaps interest will go
elsewhere so something which doesn't have a perfect platform but is more
usable for those who need those features. Like I said, its an interesting
experiment, we'll see who is right in the end...

> > Perhaps to put a better spin on things what I should state is that I
> > understand what Linus is trying to do, and I'm merely pointing out that
> > he's really not filling the gap of supplying an IT-friendly open source
> > OS.
>
> I don't believe he ever stated that he wanted to do that.

I never stated that I believed that Linus wanted to do that. Lots of
people seem to think that he's doing this though. I'm just pointing out
that he's not.

> > I don't know why this viewpoint creates such hostile responses from some
> > people. I'm pointing out that Linux is not everything for everyone.
> > Heresy.
>
> I certainly hope you didn't see my response as hostile. It certainly wasn't
> intended to be that way.

Actually yours wasn't at all. Some of the e-mail I'm getting privately
hasn't quite been as polite though, and I was still doing a bit of a slow
burn...


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