14 Mar 2001 duncanm   » (Master)

Heh

So xcyber, my partner in crime during my summer job at Linux Center (HK) finally showed up here on Advogato. Greetings.

To fork or not to fork

xcyber's entry on the idea of "forking is good" is kinda interesting. Why do we condemn others when people try to fork code? When gtkhtml forked into CSChtml (or some such), it caused quite a stir... why is that?

People were a bit unhappy when GNOME 'forked' (kinda) from KDE, or when xemacs forked from gnuemacs, OpenBSD from NetBSD. But now, these projects (GNOME, xemacs and OpenBSD) are all seen as good, legit projects... why then do we condemn other efforts to fork code (and make the code do whatever they want to do)?

I guess one could argue it is a matter of how appropriate it is. Hmm... Comments?

Something else

I'm now in Hong Kong, enjoying my senior year spring break best I can. It's a bit boring, since everyone else is at school/work. Stuck with Windows at home (only for now, hopefully), I have been testing out some neat Windows programs. I tried Blogger earlier today and was impressed with how easy to use it is. We should have something like this on Linux too, since we're no longer only targeting power users.

AFAIK, ithought is the only blogger-like program avaliable on Linux now. voltron has been working on on ithought2, so it could get really interesting RSN.

Maybe putting this into Evolution could be really nice....

Downloading Groove now, we'll see how it goes.

Un peu plus

I read somewhere (maybe Scripting News?) that someone (maybe Steve Capps) said that "the web has no standard user interface." (paraphrased) I guess things like Blogger or Manila could one day help us organize and present our web content in a clear and standardized way.

The question is: Do we want a standard user interface for the web?

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