20 Oct 2000 GJF   » (Apprentice)

jmelesky had the kindness to certify me as apprentice. He says:

"The tragedy of my life is that i disdain Perl, and yet rely on it for my livelihood. *sigh*"

I know how it feels... I don't like scripting languages ever since the first time I tried to write a real life application in gwbasic. And the tragedy of my life is relying on M$ Access development for my livelihood.

I have not previously been active in Open Source advocacy or development, but I am impressed by it. I have spent countless hours over the last 2 years trying to find some free disk space to get myself a working Linux partition. Of all the things that made me believe (hope) Linux is the way of the future Gimp and the desktop themes convinced me. The Gimp because it is cross-platform and desktop themes because I can (point to it and) say "you try that on WinXX".

By the way, people spend so much time putting Linux down for being too hard to use or install - don't believe the hype. Every other day I have new problems with the NT servers and workstations I look after. I recently had an NT install where it needed to access the floppy to load the SCSI drivers - "There is no floppy drive on this PC" - but there was one, four attempts later I had to make some install disks and boot from floppy (instead of CD) that worked... after that there was the network card problem... and about a hundred restarts later it finally goes. Give me insmod and ifconfig any time!

Recently I had the good fortune to win a contract to develop a community web site. My client, was far sighted enough to allow me to base the whole thing around Open Source software. I was looking around for a suitable web based discussion board, but only recently did I discover mod_virgule. Not only is it written in C - but it has Trust Metrics - I was going to have a sort of a referendum generator, but I think trust metrics are a more appropriate way of managing a community site. Anyway, I intend to try building it as soon as I've got my new web server set up.

I'm hoping that my requirements line up with the work currently being done on mod_virgule by lkcl et al. I would be keen to participate in my first Open Source project.

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