I live in Florida. Tampa specifically, which is a great city, even if I do
live here. And know what is perpetually annoying? Yankees coming down
talking about how they do it up North.
For those of recent (that being within the last couple of years) arrival to
the world of GNU/Linux/Open Source, live here a while before you go telling
us how you did it back home.
Welcome to GNU/Linux/Open Source computing.
The reason why (and I remember being a newbee, thinking guys like who I am now
are just arrogant assholes, stuck in the past) we do things in *nix the way
we do is because it works. I has worked for a long time, and being that it
works, why make changes for constantly changing dialect, or drop well founded
methods cause newbees find them too hard?
These things are not hard, they are just the essential requirements of a
reliable system. From OS to application. From file systems to network
services. This stuff is older than many of the "developers" pretending to
And as for the importance of gimp to the GNU/Linux community, consider the
standard it has set among the community, as referenced by other GNU/Linux
projects. For instance:
"Glame 0.6.4, the supposed-to-be last release in the 0.6 series, was released
today, Fri 22 Nov 2002, to the public. Leaked with this release were some
rare but still major bugfixes such as corruption problems on import and
redrawing problems within the filter canvas. The most prominent new feature
of this release is the added Italian localization. GLAME is targeted to be
the GIMP for audio processing. Currently we support non destructive
multitrack editing, undo, redo, cut&paste and even realtime effects with
OSS/ALSA. Import/Export WAV, AIFF, SND, IRCAM file formats."
gimp is more than a graphics program, and newbees show themselves green when
they haven't a clue about that or anything Unix. Understand AND appreciate
the dispostion of those who came before you, and those who will be here after
you've long gone. You'd damn well better learn Unix, or get lost. With no
apologies. Don't let /dev/null smack you on the way out.
For those of you who are NOT so stupid as to discount thirty years of IT
development by the best talent to ever exist, understand your code lives in
Unix/Linux, so coding is more than the ANSI standard -- it's the shell
environment (go BASH!), and Unix tool conventions.
And why YES! Regular expressions are a CORE competency.
My apologies to those who are right now saying: "Duh?" But from what I've
been reading on this list, a teacher's corrections are in order.
You can call me at: 813-236-2009, USA
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