On Sun, 05 Oct 2003 18:09:12 GMT
! and 2 are easy. Not sure about 3, though. How many different
applications do you personally have time to try, let alone actually use
regularly? 9000 packages in the ports collection is kinda misleading.
There's a whole lot of redundancies and trivialities, and no one person
cares about all, most, or even half of 'em. What matters is the
applications that *you* need to do *your* work.
Question 4 is the big bag of snakes, because it's really ultimately an
esthetic question: what somes easily to me may not come easily to you,
and vice versa. You might want to take a look at Eric S Raymond's new
~esr/writings/taoup/html/, particularly chapters
1, 2, and 3. Raymond is heavily biased, of course, and I generally
disagree with his interpretation of history, and even more so with his
interpretation of the future in chapter 20, but he does a good job of
explaining the Unix Culture. That's the culture that I'm comfortable
with, but very obviously, the vast majority of people prefer the
Microsoft Windows culture. I'm helpless in that milieu, so I worry that
someone who is comfortable there will be equally helpless with Unix.
I think that lying to start a war is a worse sin than lying about
boinking an intern, don't you?