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Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer.

Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer.

If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he'll do is take it apart to figure out how it works. ---->>>

I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more. ---->>>

Nothing stands still. The real question is can you change it? ---->>>

My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others. ---->>>

I eat and drink at my desk, but I'm a tidy eater. ---->>>

Linux is only free if your time has no value. ---->>>

See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy. ---->>>

I use a really simple calendar program on my computer. ---->>>

Mostly I use the O2 as an X terminal, however, running my apps on Linux and displaying remotely. ---->>>

Of course, all of the software I write runs on Linux; that's the beauty of standards, and of cross-platform code. I don't have to run your OS, and you don't have to run mine, and we can use the same applications anyway! ---->>>

You can always affect things - so can you change it in a way that will make you as happy with it in the future as you were in the past? Maybe it won't be the same, but it might be something else you also like. ---->>>

Using these toolkits is like trying to make a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes. ---->>>

Because, you see, what I want to do is to commoditize the OS. I want to have access to all the applications that I need to do the things that I need to do, regardless. ---->>>

Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application, just because something as trivial as the operating system changed out from under them? ---->>>

I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows, and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today, Unix is the best of a bad lot. ---->>>

On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense. ---->>>

And when the time comes to replace the O2 I have today, maybe my next machine will run Linux. ---->>>

I don't get much sense of reward from having discovered how to get the Foo card to coexist with the Bar card. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 11-03, 1968
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Scientist

James Werner "Jamie" Zawinski (born November 3, 1968), commonly known as jwz, is an American computer programmer with contributions to the free software projects Mozilla and XEmacs, and early versions of the Netscape Navigator web browser. He maintains the XScreenSaver project which provides screenblanking for Mac OS X and for Unix and Unix-like computer operating systems using the X Window System (wikipedia)