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Re: Hurd Mission Statement

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Hurd Mission Statement
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 21:52:58 +0200
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Am Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2009 04:02:18 schrieb olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net:
> I just realized though that it could be made a bit shorter still by
> replacing "[...] as much control over their computing environment as
> possible" with "[...] maximal control over their computing environment".
> What do the others think? Is this wording preferable?

I prefer the previous version. "maximal" sounds less clear to me - and I think 
it could more easily be misread to include DRM. 

Also "as much as possible" sounds more like normal speech - more like 
something I could actually say to someone else in a normal 8verbal) 

> (This is indeed where I got the idea: watching the Google tech-talk
> about poisonous people, it's the one thing that really stuck...)

I also enjoyed that one quite much :) 

Maybe a link? 
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSFDm3UYkeE

I had one doubt though: KDE furthers personal attachment of developers to 
applications (they coded). I think that this can lead to higher motivation and 
people sticking for a longer time. It has the drawback of pseudo-locking some 
parts, though ("don't you mess with my code! It's my child!"). 

I think it works well for KDE, because KDE contains a backend library and a 
bunch of mostly independent applications. If someone pseudo-locks an 
application, someone else just writes a replacement. 

For a project with stronger interdependencies I assume that the cost of 
attachment is often greater than the benefit, though. 

Best wishes, 

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