Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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Suppose you were a new programmer and thought you would bless the Linux - opensource community with your time, skills and hard work. Okay it is not perfect but it works and you are proud of it. Then along comes Eugenia Loli-Queru. Wow, forget it. if this is how I'm going to be treated for trying to help. Please try something like "Good job but it would be nice to see this or that" That is not how you motivate someone to do better, that is how you get them to give up all together. Jonathan Thomas please know that we do not all fill that way. Keep up the good work.

When you produce something -- regardless of whether you give it away or charge for it -- you should expect some degree of criticism. Eugenia isn't criticizing the developer, personally. She focused exclusively on the software and its shortcomings; frankly, the worst criticism is the fact that it crashes once a minute. Everything else is just noise, because it is clearly unusable in its current form. The developer should just take that criticism humbly, learn from it, and work harder. As Edison used to say, "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." ;)

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