From: Daniel Chudnov <dchud@um...> - 2001-02-02 15:24:19
Had a really good trip to the Javits center Wednesday for linuxworld
conf/expo. I'm telling ya, if you've not yet spent time working on free
software projects then you still haven't realized just how deeply this
community is similar to our own. We were separated at birth, I guess, and
grew up in different nations on different continents with different
languages which use different writing systems. And then all of a sudden
here comes the internet and email and we all start communicating in our
Pidgin Jargon influenced broken english and our kindred genes and souls
are somehow slowly reunited, with wave after wave of realization and
familiarity crashing down on us like in some human interest piece on
the local news:
hacker: "Mhz waferstepper rev build target?"
librarian: "MARC MARC MARC. Reference service Z39.50?"
hacker: "Reference counting, garbage collection?"
librarian: "Weed, not garbage."
hacker: "Oh. Embedded telephony API, content RDF discovery."
librarian: "RDF? Collection searching?"
hacker: "RDF!!!! Yes, searching content collections!!"
librarian: "Ha ha ha, yes, RDF!!!"
hacker: "Lemme buy you a drink."
I mean, we're still like cousins once removed, not identical twins,
but it's not that far off.
Anyway, I'm working on a conference report wiki, and forgetting some stuff
now that I'll add in when it comes back. The wiki's here:
Anybody else make it? Please fill in the many gaps I'm leaving if so.