Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 18:44 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Linux "I was in a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon and happened to spot Linus Torvalds sitting alone at a window table. I asked the creator of the Linux operating system and the Git source code control system if I could join him. Over the next fifteen minutes we talked about programming and programmers." Editor's Note: We've realized it's unclear whether this is a satirical interview or not. We don't know, so YMMV.
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RE[2]: What is the point...
by galvanash on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:15 UTC in reply to "RE: What is the point..."
galvanash
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Perhaps, but there's more than a grain of truth to his comments about Git and whatever happens to be flavour of the month in terms of programming languages.


Maybe... But that is kind of the point. Linus is not and never has been interested in "flavor of the month" thinking. Git might be looked upon as fashionable by some of the "Black t-shirt" crowd as the author puts it, but I think that even Linus would say if you pick your RCS based on it being "fashionable" your an idiot...

I'm just saying the satire doesn't seem to work in this case... To me for satire to work you have to attribute some questionable words into someones mouth that your intended audience would think might come out of it - or alternately something so completely ridiculous that you immediately know they would never say it. Almost everything he has Linus saying in this piece is ridiculous - but only if you are familiar with his personality.

Maybe I'm just not getting it. I could see someone saying this stuff - just not Linus. I just think that most people reading in would probably not understand it as satire...

In hindsight maybe that is the point. It seems to me to be more of a poorly timed April Fools joke than a true satire.

Edited 2012-09-27 20:28 UTC

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