The Journey (Resan)
selanit at atuan.com
Mon Dec 16 18:44:16 UTC 2002
> What we want to do is a CD (or other medium) that doesn't
> only contain free software but also information about the free
> software movement. All the way from its birth to the present. By
> doing this we hope to place each program in a wider perspective and
> describe not only what it is but also why it was written and maybe
> why it looks/works like it does.
We at the OpenCD did include some literature about open source/free
software -- "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" for one, and "Free as in
Freedom", along with several other essays. What you're proposing
sounds rather more ambitious; sort of a biography-of-a-program, its
beginnings, growth, and continuing development. I think it sounds
> We hope to make this available so it can be deployed both on the
> OpenCD and Knoppix. We intend to make the first version in Swedish.
> After that we hope to have an English version if it is wanted. So
> Swedish contributors are wanted.
Well, speaking for the OpenCD, I think we could probably find space for
such a thing, provided it wasn't too big, and fits in okay. And yes,
we would want it in English. :-) Incidentally, we'd love to have a
Swedish translation of the OpenCD -- we are working on the second
edition right now, and it will have a new installer that's easier to
localize. Could we get in touch with you in a couple of months once
it's getting closer to the planned release date in March?
> - Do you think this is this a good idea?
> - Do you want it?
Yes, if it's not too big and fits in with the OpenCD theme okay; I
couldn't presume to speak for Knoppix. May I suggest focussing on a
program that would be available in both the OpenCD and Knoppix?
> - Does this already exist?
Well, Eric S. Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" is pretty close
to what you are proposing; it discusses the evolution of fetchmail.
You can read it (in Swedish) at this url:
> - Does my English make sense?
> - If not, I'm sorry, did my best!
Your English is fine. Much better than some. (One fellow who
contacted me via email didn't speak any English at all; he used
babelfish.altavista.com to translate from Spanish.)
Project Lead -- The OpenCD Project
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