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Date:      Wed, 12 May 1999 21:40:06 -0700
From:      "Jordan K. Hubbard" <jkh@zippy.cdrom.com>
To:        "David Schwartz" <davids@webmaster.com>
Cc:        chat@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: cvs commit: src/sys/pci pcisupport.c 
Message-ID:  <67932.926570406@zippy.cdrom.com>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 12 May 1999 21:01:14 PDT." <000001be9cf5$3ee86210$021d85d1@whenever.youwant.to> 

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> you lend credibility to those who say that FreeBSD and Linux won't be able
> to compete in the corporate arena because what's coded is what the
> developers want, rather than what the users want/need.

I don't see it that way so much as the simple fact that a lot of users
basically need to change the way they think of themselves, period, and
that's simply the name of that tune.

Users have been conditioned by commercial software into becoming
"consumers" rather than seeing this free software stuff for what it
is; the software equivalent of a community building a new meeting hall
through group effort.  If the community just sits around in their
houses and periodically calls the meeting hall committee to ask how
construction is going, they wouldn't be particularly surprised to hear
that the answer was continually: "Terrible, where the hell are you
guys?!"  With software, for some reason, many people have yet to
make that perceptual leap.

- Jordan


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