a long rebuttal to the Linux-is-the-engine fallacy

John Cornelius jc at hangarpilot.net
Fri Jul 25 22:07:20 UTC 2008

I fail to see the value of this line of discussion in this forum even 
though the points are provocative to say the least.

While I could wax eloquently on either side of the argument and even 
tilt a few windmills of my own I have the impression that the whole 
point of the discussion is to have the last word. While this is not 
particularly unexpected given the high strung nature of many of the 
participants and the passion and insight that each has contributed to 
the discussion one wonders if this has morphed into a discussion that is 
wholly inappropriate for this list. If it has then perhaps there is a 
mailing list to which it could be moved.

I cannot speak for anyone else but the whole point of my joining this 
mail list was to have a way to resolve installation or operational 
issues with Fedora and the packages that are distributed with Fedora. In 
return I am obliged to help where I am able and on occasion I have done 
so and all things considered it has been an illuminating and fulfilling 
experience. The fact that some issues are rooted in Linux, some in 
Fedora, some in GNU, and some in the host of other products is 
immaterial to my participation in this list and, I suspect, irrelevant 
to most of the issues presented and ultimately resolved on this list.

I'm sure that those participating in this discussion are enjoying it, 
otherwise the discussion would not have continued for quite so long, but 
in my belief it belongs elsewhere and I for one would appreciate it if 
it went elsewhere. I'd like to know where it goes but I'm not sure I 
would devote the same resources to that list as I do to this list.

Note that my opening thought was that I fail to see the _value_ of this 
discussion in this forum not that there is no value in the discussion in 
_some_ forum.


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