[Server-devel] let's write a compiler!

Toby Knudsen tobyknudsen at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 18:24:03 EDT 2007

On 7/3/07, David Woodhouse <dwmw2 at infradead.org> wrote:
> Hm, the archive of this post at
> http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/server-devel/2007-June/000041.html
> is broken -- most of the text is missing, and the In-Reply-To: header
> specified in the mailto: link at the top of the page is broken.

Right.  Maybe your server made an error precisely once...

> On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 14:06 -0400, Toby Knudsen wrote:
> > I get a sense that with the server sporting a PowerPC chip and the
> > wiki saying to "stay close to Fedora 7" you are asking for some
> > heartache.
> Why so? Fedora supports PowerPC just as well as it does i386.

When designing software other libraries may be required than those
included in Redhat's builds.  It's a fine operating system, but many
folks hooked on it never dare upgrade their libraries and don't know
what's broken when they do.  I would say to anyone with a project of
significant scope or requirements beyond those that quite general:
manage your own software dependencies.  I can substantiate this with a
number of examples I've observed in industry.  The same way FOSS
liberates one from the self-interest of vendors, one should keep in
touch with one's own craft.  I gladly run Fedora on one of my own

I appreciate that you responded to my post.   I've not been there for
some time and (apparently) am not sufficiently resourceful enough to
figure out how to work with you.  I'm worn out trying to figure out
how to work on your school server and there's no design document.
Many things seem to happy verbally at OLPC and I haven't found that to
be constructive previously.  By my account, I offered skilled labor at
no cost and I can't see that OLPC is interested or focused enough to
make use of my time.  Just trying to figure that much out became
tedious and I don't feel that I'm welcome at the office.  Do
volunteers require an appointment, do we walk in?  I did what would be
considerate among professionals, but the rest is just a mystery to me
where more interesting problems handily available.


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