The new dock-based, MT KRN is advancing well, although the
amount of things broken in it is a bit scary. Of course the
code to do all the things 0.6.11 did is still there (and
anyway, that’s what CVS exists for ;-) but it is totally
divorced from the UI.
On other issues, I got over slashdot today, after a long
while. After I thought the site had reached the bottom, they
get a shovel and dig deeper :-P
No, I don’t mean /. itself, but the people commenting in it.
What *is* the point for them? What do they get? I am a firm
believer in quid pro quo.
Are they so easily amused as to be rewarded by the imagined
reaction of people reading about grits and petrified
I doubt any of them will read this, but… well, let me tell
you: there is probably no reaction at all. I know I just
look at that waste of electrons with sort of a blank
expression, and then click “next”. I expect everyone to do
the same (except for the gritter himself, who probably looks
at his oeuvre and giggles insanely for around 13 minutes).
But today, it had reached new depths. One guy made a poor
taste comment about GNOME, posing as a KDE advocate (I
seriously doubt he was, I’m more inclined to believe he was
just a a troll).
But the answer left me astonished. It included a graphic
description of how all KDE advocates are worms, who look
forward to be put in a hook. Pretty disgusting. Again: I
don’t believe that answer was written by a GNOME advocate,
but just by a prepubescent moron.
However, when the time comes that people need to impersonate
others to fight in the name of those others’ beliefs, such
people have deep troubles. So, sorry, /., you are now
officially a loony bin. It used to be fun to hang around
there. Close it, and start another site. Or rather: don’t
close it, and start a new one, hopefully the stupid and
insane will stay in /., trolling and insulting each other.
If that day comes, email me, I will be on another site.
Which one? Sorry, I won’t say. It’s a nice little site, with
short discussions, usually in a polite tone.
I also saw a disturbing trend here, with the trust metric
article, and the Jabber people arguing about whether they
deserved to be “master” or whatever… lighten up. If you
are a master, you are a master regardless of what color your
name appears on advogato, and being marked as master here if
you are not is just food for the ego, and junk food, for
And it must be true because I say so, and I am a master…
oops, Journeyer, whatever that means :-)
This must be the longest diary entry I ever wrote, and I’d
bet not many have written longer ones, hopefully you,
hypothetical reader, will forgive me.
 Yes, I believe we don’t do free software out of the
goodness of our hearts, and that we all have ulterior
motives, even if we are not fully aware of them. I should
write about it someday.
 I also believe the end result is pretty much
indistinguishable from what would happen if we were doing it
out of the goodness in our hearts (or rather your hearts,
mine is dark and eeeevil, just ask around)
 Of course asking others to lighten up about things that
are of no big importance to me is easy. That’s why I do it.
I suppose that if advogato rated projects and KDE was
somehow marked as lame, I would care. I hope people will
tell me to lighten up when that happens.