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Subject:   Oh, Brother!
Date:   2007-09-24 18:50:40
From:   mejarc-for-real
Thank you for reminding me about the Brother device-- I had one too, and count it as my first encounter with markup languages. How much landfill space contains those proprietary diskettes?!

I appreciate the graceful phrasing of your description of FOSS community dynamics. I've observed similar types and behaviors, but haven't managed to talk about them in so even-handed a manner.

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  • Carla Schroder photo Oh, Brother!
    2007-09-29 10:44:49  Carla Schroder | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    It's interesting, in retrospect, that I found a home in the FOSS world where I couldn't in the "traditional" world. Part of it is I'm a misfit maverick myself. I loathe working the traditional 8-5 schedule, I hate being stuck in an office with equipment I didn't choose, and and I absolutely detest being trapped in buildings full of sick people who have accumulated decades of sick leave because THEY NEVER STAY HOME!!

    I have been given substantial help from a lot of talented, generous people. That combined with my own stubborness and thick skin has kept me going. My dream is to see FOSS mature to where you don't need a high tolerance for flames, trolling, and hostility to survive, but can simply focus on the work.