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Re: grub/stage2 boot.c

From: Gordon Matzigkeit
Subject: Re: grub/stage2 boot.c
Date: 11 Oct 2000 09:42:23 -0600
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>>>>> Alessandro Rubini writes:

 AR> Interesting. I try to provide constructive criticism to multiboot
 AR> and I only get back a plain "you must know better".

If you mean your suggestions to change the tone of the document, then
I didn't see the reply.  Suggestions that come without patches are
dropped on the floor unless somebody else on the list cares about them
enough to make a patch (which usually means there is some critical
problem that needs to be fixed).  Yes, Multiboot is PC-centric, but I
doubt that will change until somebody implements it on another

That's the main reason why your patches were integrated so happily.
But I assume you already know that.

 AR> I devote some of my time to help your project and get back "linux
 AR> fanatic".

Okuji wrote ``shit'' to express how annoying it was to deal with the
Linux video support.  Rather than people saying ``using that word
makes GRUB seem unprofessional,'' they implied that ``Linux can't be
that bad, so you should take back what you say.''

Hence the misunderstandings that led up to your decision to drop

 AR> I think I have better things to do than wasting my time here.

I certainly hope that you will reconsider, or at least feel that you
have made some contributions that got the recognition they deserve.

 AR> Feel free to mistreat other people's work. You'll get back praise
 AR> for your wonderful code.

It's not arrogance, though it may seem that way.  It's simply that
everybody works under different constraints, and without realizing
that you don't see the whole picture, it's easy to have arguments.

I say this both ways.  I'm sure there are things in your life that
make work difficult, or else you probably wouldn't be as upset about
the terse comments of another busy developer.

 AR> Please remove my name from the THANKS file.

If you still want this, it can be done, but I hope that you will let
us acknowledge that you spent time on GRUB.  The other reason for
THANKS is so that when we, say, want to follow up on idea you put
forward, we know your e-mail address.

 Gordon Matzigkeit <address@hidden>  //\ I'm a FIG (http://fig.org/)
Committed to freedom and diversity \// I use GNU (http://www.gnu.org/)

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