Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 11:43 UTC
Debian and its clones "When you buy a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer doesn't come with an operating system. Loading your operating system of choice onto an SD card and then booting the Pi turns out to be pretty easy. But where do Pi-compatible operating systems come from? With the Raspberry Pi having just turned one year old, we decided to find out how Raspbian - the officially recommended Pi operating system - came into being. The project required 60-hour work weeks, a home-built cluster of ARM computers, and the rebuilding of 19,000 Linux software packages. And it was all accomplished by two volunteers."
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by Laurence on Fri 8th Mar 2013 07:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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While I can appreciate the commitment, I fail to be impressed. Generally speaking there are a lot of talented people out there who rather than focus their efforts on things with potentially far greater benefit in general, take on pet projects that don't have much of a shelf life and really only have limited interest to begin with. What I'm saying, in simple terms, is that I think a lot of talent gets wasted.

Everyone is entitled to a hobby. Sometimes those hobbies teach us employable skills, sometimes those hobbies are purely for fun. Either way I wish more people had interesting (if arguably pointless) hobbies than those who just sit in front of the TV watching "reality" shows.

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