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From "James Mitchell" <>
Subject Re: Licensing
Date Thu, 07 Oct 2004 15:06:20 GMT
How dare they say that about us!!!


James Mitchell
Software Engineer / Open Source Evangelist
EdgeTech, Inc.
AIM: jmitchtx

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ricardo Gladwell" <>
To: "Jakarta Commons Developers List" <>
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: Licensing

> Henning P. Schmiedehausen wrote:
> > Henri Yandell <> writes:
> > IMHO, it is a real "must read" for everyone that writes and especially
> > uses open source. Funnily enough, many of the points that she raises
> > don't apply to the ASF.
> Hmm... I might disagree with that one. For example, I don't know many 
> newbie users who could single-handedly set-up and configure the Apache 
> web server with Tomcat without encountering a few problems. Also, some 
> ASF projects have very skimpy documentation in places.
> > "Fighting for one's political stand is an honorable action, but re-
> >  fusing to acknowledge that there might be weaknesses in one's
> >  position - in order to identify them so that they can be remedied -
> >  is a large enough problem with the Open Source movement that it
> >  deserves to be on this list of the top five problems."
> >                        -- Michelle Levesque, "Fundamental Issues with
> >                                     Open Source Software Development"
> I have heard an interesting theory behind this: that the technical 
> affinity shared by geeks and open-source advocates across the world is 
> actually a form of mild autism, passed down the male line. Anecdotally, 
> on my father's side many of my uncles are engineers, and my grandfather 
> was an engineer (who, interestingly, claims to have invented the flip 
> chart which he failed to patent) - the geek old guard. And, in this 
> generation, most of my male cousins are working in the IT industry as 
> programmers and system administrators - the new geeks.
> Anyway, my point is that it would also seem that, along with poor social 
> skills and shyness, a form bi-polar fanaticism seems to come with this 
> "techno-autism". The constant "them or us" attitude one sees on forums 
> such as /. seem to be near universal constant.
> I mention it only for interests sake. :)
> Kind regards,
> -- Ricardo
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