[sf-lug] looks like the 1s have it - OOOUUUCCCHHHH!!!!
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Aug 1 17:47:19 PDT 2006
Quoting vincent polite (vpolitewebsiteguy at yahoo.com):
> After trying to read that, I think I pulled a groin while sitting down.
Well, I hope I didn't scare anybody: The software-tinkertoys routine I
described is part of configuring an Internet _server_, I should stress.
That's always a good bit more complicated than just _using_ Linux as a
regular user who's not publishing network services to benefit the global
To extend the favourite metaphor of Red Hat's Bob Young, we're not
just talking, here, about how to drive a car, but getting into the
nitty-gritty details of automobile construction.
And, in case anyone's curious, "MTA" in my post meant "mail transfer
agent", which is jargon for SMTP mail-server software.
"Second System Effect" is a term invented by author Fred Brooks,
manager of the System/360 software project for IBM: He saw a frequent
syndrome among software architects, where they try to cram into their
_second_ iteration of an idea all the (questionable or otherwise)
ideas that practical considerations had forced them to drop from the
first one -- leading to an outcome where the "second system" ends up
bloated, overfeatured, and late.
(If anyone here hasn't yet read "The Mythical Man-Month", you should fix
A "CGI [script or program]" is an external program invoked from within
an http daemon (Web server) via its Common Gateway Interface to perform
some function the Web server itself cannot do.
"Scarlet Chapeau" is a jocular term referring to a possibly recognisable
enterprise Linux distribution whose sponsoring firm been known to make
bogus, toothless (but frightening to many) trademark-based legal threats
against people who cite its name, even in entirely non-commercial
projects, e.g., CentOS (http://www.centos.org/):
CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources
freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise
Linux vendor. [...]
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