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SubjectRe: Penelope builds a kernel
<What's up with all the bad biology on linux-kernel?  First there was the
never-ending "I don't know anything about evolution but I'll talk about how
it applies to software development anyway" thread, and now this horrible
mish-mash of half-correct terminology...>

On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

> Penelope needs to build a kernel to support her exotic driver, but she
> hasn't got more than the vaguest idea how to go about it. The
> instructions with the driver source patch tell her to apply it at the
> top level of a current Linux source tree and then just say "build the
> kernel" before getting off into technicalia about the user-space
> tools.

I've shared a lab bench with Penelope. If she's at a school where she can
study proteomics and where she can get grant funding sufficient to buy a
"MEMS card," then all she has to do is talk to her departmental computer
support people. That's why they exist, and why distributions exist -- so
that Penelope does not have to deal with this horribly contrived scenario.


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