7 Nov 2002 mbp   » (Master)

Interesting post by Linus explaining the patch acceptance process.

I've been running a little development weblog for distcc. I'm not sure if people like it, but I think it works well -- at any rate, it's something I would find interesting if I was looking at somebody else's project. It lets people know what features are coming up, or what's going wrong, or what bugs are being worked on, without requiring them to read the mailing lists. It can be interesting to know if a project's stable or not, or active or not. Perhaps it's like a poor man's (or small project's) Kernel Traffic. Some game developers do something similar with a .plan file visible on the web.

I wonder how it would work to let people see interleaved posts from samba developers commenting on what they're doing? (Not that I have time to write that.)

At work I am doing some performance tuning on our Python project. This is easier than it might sound: in any language, most of the time is spent in just a few routines. Rework them, or at worst rewrite in C, and things get much better.

give war a chance

Well, hey, it's always worked so well in the past...

Based on past experience, a USA-Iraq war would cause a hundred thousand civilian deaths, or at the very least a few tens of thousands, and of course a greater amount of injury, homelessness, and ruin. This is only counting people who are not combatants and who just happened to be born in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One might make an argument that it is necessary for those people to die so as to prevent a greater war later but I don't think it's right to do it without grave consideration, or to feel jubilation at the prospect.

ps So good

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