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I don't write my speeches in advance--that would take too much time.
However, transcripts of my past speeches are available. If you can
make a transcript of my speech after I give it, that would be quite
I absolutely refuse to have a break in the middle of my speech.
Once I start, I will go straight through.
If you can find a host for me that has a friendly parrot, I will be very very glad. If you can find someone who has a friendly parrot I can visit with, that will be nice too.
DON'T buy a parrot figuring that it will be a fun surprise for me.
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I am willing to stay in a hotel if there is no other way.
Please book the hotel for me and arrange to pay the hotel directly.
But please DON'T make a hotel reservation until we have fully explored
other options. If there is anyone who wants to offer a spare couch, I
would much rather stay there than in a hotel (provided I have a door I
can close, in order to have some privacy). Staying with someone is
more fun for me than a hotel, and it would also save you money.
This is the guy who founded the Free Software movement.
Originally, I had the phrase "Open Source" and "Free Software" reversed here, but a flood of 1:00 am letters told me Stallman notoriously hates the term "Open Source" and would never use it. The comic title was "Open Source" and I couldn't change that, so I just switched who said what and went to sleep.
Only one person wrote in post-change to complain about "Open Source" still being used in the title - Stallman himself.
Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.
As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone." Nobody deserves to have to die - not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs' malign influence on people's computing.
Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.
There is a good reason why Linux is better than every other operating system kernel on the plant. In particular, there is a palpable degradation in kernel performance when switching from a Linux box to a Mac OS X machine, clearly Apple could improve performance by ditching BSD for Linux.
As an illustration, there were many years when Linux had two competing schedulers, but Linux ultimately selected the completely fair scheduler for a variety of reasons, including the dedication showed by its maintainers. Ain't possible to make that sort of technical decision in that way in a company.
Linux has only ever had one scheduler at a time in the mainline. For years this was the O(1) scheduler. Then Con Kolivas researched and developed a more fair scheduler. He had a bit of a falling out with the kernel development community, which worsened when Ingo rejected his patches and then implemented his own solution with a *very* similar design, which then *was* merged into the mainline (replacing the O(1)) scheduler.
I'm still not sure if I'd say that SD was competing with anything. Both parties (mainline and con) seemed to agree that the O(1) scheduler was in need of a serious reworking -- it was just the solution to the problem that was up for debate. So I guess in that sense SD was competing against CFS? If anything, I'd say that SD was competing against personality types more than anything else... and that is *very much* the sort of thing one sees in the closed-source software world.
Recently, Con's returned to the kernel hacking scene with BFS, another scheduler. BFS isn't "competing" as much as it's being made available for people to use if they choose. That's part of what happens with OSS: people re-implement things, do research, try out wacky ideas, etc.
Why should you be entitled to take advantage of someone else's work for free? If I'm going to share my work with you, you'd better be willing to share your work with me. It's only fair. The GPL is a legal framework for allowing people to share their work without getting ripped off.
Isn't there another open source luminary who refuses to fly except internationally, because he refuses to show id for domestic flights, but accepts the necessary of passport control for international travel, mullacc.
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