[FRIAM] Can Developers be (Rock)stars?
victoria at toryhughes.com
Sun Aug 8 14:12:08 EDT 2010
I am emotionally moved by that, and I am not a developer.
However, I am a creator, and that is what you are really talking
about- rockstar creatives.
None of us can appreciate the work of rockstars in fields we aren't
But all of us, if we're paying attention, can feel passion, creative
energy, courage, determination, and generosity of spirit in another
human being. That transcends one's occupation. Inspiration and vision
bring all of us to our feet. That is our job, to bring to all we do
each day, a bit of our passion and inspiration. We all have it, it's
the courage to go all out for it that makes someone a rock star.
> Jochen Fromm wrote:
> > And Maya Angelou said "People will not remember what you did, they
> will not remember what you said, they will remember how you made
> them feel."
> Probably people do not think dreamy thoughts of Mark Zuckerberg
> every time they use Facebook.. but then he's a billionaire too.
> Or maybe the names Bram Cohen or Shawn Fanning don't mean a lot to
> your average Joe, but nonetheless peer-to-peer networking forced the
> entertainment industry to make fundamental changes. Perhaps the
> name Linus Torvalds means nothing to most people, but rest assured
> Linux is a term that is not foreign to senior management at
> Microsoft.. similarly Phil Zimmermann and the U.S. government.
> For what it is worth, I do remember reading this announcement as a
> teenager.. at 1200 baud, paying by the minute for the telephone
> call. Back before it was a fait accompli and taken for granted...
>> From CSvax:pur-ee:inuxc!ixn5c!ihnp4!houxm!mhuxi!eagle!mit-vax!mit-
>> eddie!RMS at MIT-OZ
> From: RMS%MIT-OZ at mit-eddie
> Newsgroups: net.unix-wizards,net.usoft
> Subject: new Unix implementation
> Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 12:35:59 EST
> Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA
> Free Unix!
> Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
> Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
> give it away free(1) <http://www.gnu.org/gnu/initial-announcement.html#f1
> > to everyone who can use it.
> Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly
> To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to
> write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker,
> assembler, and a few other things. After this we will add a text
> formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of
> other things. We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that
> normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including
> on-line and hardcopy documentation.
> GNU will be able to run Unix programs, but will not be identical
> to Unix. We will make all improvements that are convenient, based
> on our experience with other operating systems. In particular,
> we plan to have longer filenames, file version numbers, a crashproof
> file system, filename completion perhaps, terminal-independent
> display support, and eventually a Lisp-based window system through
> which several Lisp programs and ordinary Unix programs can share a
> Both C and Lisp will be available as system programming languages.
> We will have network software based on MIT's chaosnet protocol,
> far superior to UUCP. We may also have something compatible
> with UUCP.
> Who Am I?
> I am Richard Stallman, inventor of the original much-imitated EMACS
> editor, now at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. I have worked
> extensively on compilers, editors, debuggers, command interpreters,
> Incompatible Timesharing System and the Lisp Machine operating system.
> I pioneered terminal-independent display support in ITS. In
> addition I
> have implemented one crashproof file system and two window systems for
> Lisp machines.
> Why I Must Write GNU
> I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I
> must share it with other people who like it. I cannot in good
> conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license
> So that I can continue to use computers without violating my
> I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so
> I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.
> How You Can Contribute
> I am asking computer manufacturers for donations of machines and
> I'm asking individuals for donations of programs and work.
> One computer manufacturer has already offered to provide a machine.
> we could use more. One consequence you can expect if you donate
> machines is that GNU will run on them at an early date. The machine
> better be able to operate in a residential area, and not require
> sophisticated cooling or power.
> Individual programmers can contribute by writing a compatible
> of some Unix utility and giving it to me. For most projects, such
> part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the
> independently-written parts would not work together. But for the
> particular task of replacing Unix, this problem is absent. Most
> interface specifications are fixed by Unix compatibility. If each
> contribution works with the rest of Unix, it will probably work
> with the rest of GNU.
> If I get donations of money, I may be able to hire a few people full
> part time. The salary won't be high, but I'm looking for people for
> whom knowing they are helping humanity is as important as money. I
> this as a way of enabling dedicated people to devote their full
> energies to
> working on GNU by sparing them the need to make a living in another
> For more information, contact me.
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