22 Sep 2003 ncm   » (Master)

I've tracked down the origin of the couplet,

When will it be done?
Sooner if you help.
as applied to Free Software release schedules. The earliest use I have found is by Jim Winstead, in 1992, referring to the Linux 1.0 release. Most people credit RMS, but he is not on record saying it until 1999. I wrote to Jim, and he doesn't recall whether he got it from somebody else, so he gets credit until somebody finds an earlier reference.

amars: I think the quote you want is, "Couldn't you at least act like a legitimate government, instead of a pack of thieves?" (cf. "Long Shot for Rosinante", by Alexis Gilliland, the second (small) volume of the trilogy that starts with "Revolution from Rosinante". Recommended! I also encountered there the original expression, "can't fart and chew gum at the same time", which had been sanitized, for popular consumption, into "can't walk and chew gum at the same time" for use on President Ford. Anybody remember him?)

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