Re: People need to say "no"

Andrej Presern (
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:43:38 +0100

On Fri, 26 Feb 1999, Richard Gooch wrote:
>Andrej Presern writes:
>> On Fri, 26 Feb 1999, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
>> >Now, maybe we're all in space, but we've collectively written or been
>> >responsible for a fairly large part of the kernel. (As Linus himself
>> >stated in the last week's NYT Sunday Magazine article about Linux, he's
>> >only responsible for writing maybe 5-10% of the kernel.) Maybe, just
>> >maybe, we know something about clean kernel coding style. So when one
>> >or more folks who have contributed quite a bit to the kernel takes the
>> >time to look over a patch or a suggested idea, and makes some
>> >constructive criticisms, don't you think it might be worthwhile to
>> >listen, and not just depend on throwing shit at Linus and hoping he
>> >knows how to reject the shit?
>> Actually, people bitch at people who say no because they hope Linus
>> WON'T:-))) After all, they want their stuff IN, not out of the
>> kernel, and they're ready to discredit and invalidate each and every
>> authority who draws the line instead of Linus (in other words, the
>> only authority they are willing to submit and listen to, regarding
>> Linux, is Linus).
>And of course, then there is also the reverse trend for "each and
>every authority" to discredit some outsider who publishes unpalatable
>ideas or results.

That's the other extreme. Halfway between is constructive cooperation.


Andrej Presern, 

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