Coffle Computer

End of the exercise week. And the gym was blissfully absent of educationalists and weight bouncers. At least until just before I departed.

The podcast today was an episode of “The Linux Action Show”. [Link] The kindest thing I can say about this podcast is that there is no profanity – too many Amerikan Linux podcasts are sewers – and even a couple of nuggets of potentially useful information. The commercials are hemorrhoids, however, and the banter is medium grade annoying in its pseudo-exuberance. That’s why I generally prefer the English (British?) Linux podcasts since they are humorous and dignified. Amerikan podcasts lack both and are too often nasty with profanity.

Anyway, the core of the episode – admittedly a bit dated, but I subscribe to too many – was the latest Open SUSE. The first Linux box I had was an HP itty bitty lap box aka net-book and it was running SLED. As soon as I could find out how to replace that with anything I did. But in the process of learning enough to get there I made a comment on an article to the extent that SLED was a nasty bit of work. And as a result a couple of Linux IT guys profanely disagreed with me. I did learn from that that when it comes to Linux IT guys they are linux IT guys.

In general the “cat food” model holds for IT folks except at the local level. If they are IT guys in an organization then the organization is the customer and the users are the consumers (cats.) What the consumer wants is at best almost irrelevant. This leads to the concept of Free and Open Source Software and its opposite Slave Software. The two are not quite a binary Venn diagram since there is also an organizational aspect to Slave Software (SS.) But almost all IT guys are about SS. Except maybe for themselves. On their off time, or to impose SS on the rest of the organization.

Anyway, the point is that any software in a big enough organization, that is, any organization that has its own IT guy(s) is SS. Because what is used – may be used – is dictated by the organization and not decided by the individual. That’s why its slavery. And that’s why Linux in the big organization or among users who aren’t sentiently calculate is SS, not FOSS.

I’ll let you figure out the rest on your own. If you’re sentiently competent, that is.


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