From: Christopher Faylor <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Cygintl-3.dll was not found
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 01:59:33 -0400
On Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 06:41:51PM -0700, infoterror wrote:
>>A one-hour compiler class assignment has become an all-day goose-hunt.
>>Thanks Cygwin developers! Maybe someday I???ll have the opportunity to
>>waste an entire day of your lives. If it weren???t for schools, your
>>aberrant work would have been forgotten long ago.
So you, infoterror, are also a student? That's interesting.
Given the number of people in this mailing list from companies who run
Cygwin, it's hard to see how you could have any basis for your opinion.
>While I like the idea of free software, and giving things away free, I
>think they should be done sensibly and pragmatically. Saving people
>time is fine. Writing off all complaints with "well, it's free, what
>did you expect?" is the same kind of crass capitalism I see in the
>pornography flooding the internet.
Hmm. Now I really understand why your opinion of Cygwin is so low if
you equate giving away software and volunteering time with "capitalism".
Incidentally, your statement that "all complaints" are written off is
provably untrue. Even this resurrected thread shows people who are
willing to help with problems.
What is true about free software is that you, as the user of same, would
be best advised to be deferential and factual if you desire help. It
makes no sense to be insulting. If the software doesn't meet your needs
or doesn't seem to work then outrage is not really, IMO, a pragmatic
response since you could easily alienate the people who could help you.
If you didn't really want help then there doesn't seem to be much point
in sending a negative message at all other than to vent - especially in
this case since you and gdiviney both seem to be novices when it comes to
Cygwin and could easily expose ignorance about the project. It hardly
seems worthwhile to send opionated email only to have people discredit
your opinions when you make a misstatement.
>Also, the open source community is quite insular, and doesn't accept
>advice well from outsiders in all instances.
It's been noted many times that most free software is meritocracy based
and is driven by people who actually do the work. Reading "advice" from
email voices who claim deep knowledge or vast years of experience is
just tedious chore given the fact that it's possible for you to actually
do real work and demonstrate your superior methods. Expecting people to
take advice from a faceless (and in your case anonymous) voice, just on
the voice's say-so, does not, once again, seem very pragmatic to me.
There are too many people with conflicting ideas out there who know that
they are geniuses. You can't listen to all of them.
>Even when we volunteer, for example, technical writing skills or
>project management experience. If it weren't for the somewhat
>unrealistic responses I've seen from open sourcers, I probably would be
The Cygwin project would welcome additional or improved documentation.
Please do dazzle us with your technical writing skills.
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