Humm. It's 8:05 AM over here, so I suppose I can't say
nobody else is up in my time zone anymore. When my pager
went off at 6:45, I don't think anyone was. :-) Work is
doing inventory this weekend, and when I started this job I
inherited the Perl-based
RF barcoding system that our DCs and factories use; it gets
used very heavily this weekend, and our DC liaison thought
this morning in the shower that she hadn't asked me if our
shipping labels would work for inventory scans. Thankfully,
I'd tested it last week.)
I finally got a usable source tree! Note to self: NEVER use
cvs-over-ssh unless committing changes to a tree. pserver
is a much more reliable method for large updates
(and not too slouchy, either).
Everyone who wrote in and/or left supportive messages in
their diaries -- thanks. But I'm not posting it, and I'm
glad I didn't, and here's why.
I noticed a few folk seemed to be offended by my suggestion
they might not qualify for the rank to which they'd risen.
At the risk of re-offending, I'd say some of you don't. The
guidelines are clear -- this is about contributing to free
software, not about being in IT for many decades. While
those decades of experience may help you to contribute, it
doesn't mean that you are more than an apprentice at
My problem, though, was that even after editing my sentences
several times, I still had it wrong, or at least it appears
so from the interpretations. Contributions to free software
are not necessarily measured in terms of code, although it's
hard to take someone seriously who hasn't contributed code.
:-) It's about being involved. Being involved
doesn't mean playing around with a particular free software
project, it means helping it to be better, whether through
code, advocacy, assisting with infrastructure, whatever. I
guess it's really hard to quantify, and because of that, I
don't feel I can do it justice with my words. I only know
that when I look at some ratings, I feel they're wrong; and
when I look at others, I know they're right.
Bottom line: I fear that having posted my article outside
the still-public but less exposed confines of my diary would
have offended far more, and not accomplished anything
for the goal of free/open/whatever software. When I
thought about it, I discovered someone being labeled purple
or blue doesn't really hurt me or the community. If I need
to find a real free software journeyer or master, I know
where to find them, regardless of the color of their cert.
Or maybe I'm just a gutless wonder. You decide. :-)