6 Jul 2010 lkcl   » (Master)

mailing list transferred

hooray, another task done - sort-of. it appears that some messages were lost, leaving people wondering what the heck was going on, where's the "digest" mode (there isn't one in lamson, because zed always finds that people abuse it by replying "Re: Digest Volume 3.1415926")

had a bit of a fight with lamson: messages were bouncing from somewhere, causing multiple repeats i _cannot_ tell where from, so may end up fronting exim4 onto lamson despite my wishing not to do that. as i had to create a lists.pyjs.org, the problem with redirecting to a remote queue goes away (exim doesn't redirect to properly, even if you change the SMTP port: there's supposed to be an option you can set to say "yes do it anyway" but…)

i'm getting people still saying "why are you doing this? why waste time reinventing mailing list software? why reinvent it with software that's _worse_ than [proprietary and] much better offerings? why not just use google groups" and i have to gently remind them - again - that their questions hold the answers: the alternatives are proprietary, and they're not pyjamas applications.

i stated that i'm going to uphold a principle - to use free software and to do pyjamas front-end apps - and to stop doing what i'm doing, even if it's "not as good right now" would be breaking that principle. i'm absolutely going to stick to my free-software-driven principles, because i can, and because i choose to, and that's really all there is to say.

if anyone wants to _help_ improve the software, now, they can. whereas, with the source code to groups.google.com, they can't. but we know this already: i just think people find it a bit unusual for someone to jump train _and_ "rip up the tracks" on a running project and start pumping on a cheap but 100% Cooperative-owned hand-driven railway cart, because they don't like the fact that the train and the carriages are all run by a big corporation.

i think… perhaps it's worthwhile mentioning the phrases "bitkeeper vs git" and "linus vs tridge" - not entirely accurate but i think you get the picture.

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