July 1, 2006
'GNU/Linux', 'Linux' -- What's the diff?
People get involved with free software. They embrace it, cherish it and want to enlighten everyone else about why this zero-price software is so very valuable. Because of the nature of software, the earliest adopters are geeks. Geeks pick nits. When they begin to try to educate non-geeks about technical matters, geeks debate endlessly over the nits they pick. This is not madness; it is a result of the type of attention to minute detail that is necessary for the creation and maintenance of complex hardware and software. A misplaced or missing semicolon can literally kill.