Archive for October, 2004

Never expect it to get large

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Linus Torvalds: Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small _trivial_ project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you’ll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision.

So start small, and think about the details. Don’t think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn’t solve some fairly immediate need, it’s almost certainly over-designed. And don’t expect people to jump in and help you. That’s not how these things work. You need to get something half-way _useful_ first, and then others will say “hey, that _almost_ works for me”, and they’ll get involved in the project.

And if there is anything I’ve learnt from Linux, it’s that projects have a life of their own, and you should _not_ try to enforce your “vision” too strongly on them. Most often you’re wrong anyway, and if you’re not flexible and willing to take input from others (and willing to change direction when it turned out your vision was flawed), you’ll never get anything good done.

In other words, be willing to admit your mistakes, and don’t expect to get anywhere big in any kind of short timeframe. I’ve been doing Linux for thirteen years, and I expect to do it for quite some time still. If I had _expected_ to do something that big, I’d never have started. It started out small and insignificant, and that’s how I thought about it.

Linus Torvalds @ LinuxTimes.net, ”Desktop Market has already started’”

Nostalgia On-Line

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Ah! flamewars no IRC! Fazia tanto tempo que eu não via isso:

[Xaignar] HopeSeekr, then you should never had joined that project, if you dislike the GPL
[Kry] is not my problem if you regret it!!!
[HopeSeekr] Xaignar! THAT PROJECT CID NOT HAVE HOSTILE KRY IN IT!!!
[HopeSeekr] THAT IS THE ONLY THING I HATE ABOUT THIS PROJE CT!
[Xaignar] you should have started a fresh one with a license you could accept
[progman] I used xmule at first but it preformed so slow and unstable I switched to amule which runs better on my system
[HopeSeekr] KRY AND DELTA AND THEIR AMULE!!!
[HopeSeekr] KRY AND DELTA AND THEIR AMULE!!!
[HopeSeekr] KRY AND DELTA AND THEIR AMULE!!!
[HopeSeekr] KRY AND DELTA AND THEIR AMULE!!!
[sLiCeR] hmm
[HopeSeekr] i JHATE THE[M !
[censored] CAPS DAY IS OVER!
[HopeSeekr] I HATE THEM!
[sLiCeR] i dont like what i have to read her
[Xaignar] *ehem* Calm down!
[HopeSeekr] censored, what the fuck is your problem!?

#aMULE @ FreeNode, 2004-10-25

Então você resolveu hospedar seu próprio serviço de e-mail com Linux…

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Eu nem sei bem como eu acabei batendo nisso: So you want to host your own Linux mail server… ). Provavelmente deve ter sido através de um dos feeds RSS que eu leio.

De qualquer forma, com as recentes panes do moicas (o servidor de e-mails do .burocrata.org), esse assunto tem atraindo bastante a minha atenção e esse post e a sua seqüência explicam muito bem o porquê e o como de ter o seu próprio servidor de e-mails – usando Debian :-D

Updated: Link para a slashdot…