[svlug] It's official: I'm ESR's imaginary friend

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Jul 12 00:30:02 PDT 2001


16 Jun - 18 Jun (9 posts): Kernel configuration. It's not just a job, it's
an adventure! 

Eric S. Raymond finally snapped, and said (as they wheeled him down to his
padded cell):

Various people on the Linux kernel mailing list and elsewhere have been
heard to opine that CML2's user interface is too oriented towards
nontechnical users. In response to these complaints, I have implemented a
fourth CML2 front end with an interface style expressly designed for the
serious, hard-core hacker. A transcript of an example session follows: 

Welcome to CML2 Adventure, version 1.6.1.
You are in a maze of twisty little Linux kernel options menus, all different.
The main room. A sign reads `Linux Kernel Configuration System'.
Passages lead off in all directions. 


Several folks felt that Eric needed help immediately if not sooner, and Eric
later confessed, "I wrote most of CML2 Adventure on a long airplane flight."
But Wayne Browne said, "OK, Eric, you've finally done it. You've bypassed my
objections to CML2 and won me over. I *have* to try it now. :-)" Eric chose
to blame an imaginary being named "Rick Moen" (clearly an invented cognate
of his own name, to whit: "Eric" -> "Rick", and "RayMond -> "Moen" -- a
typical childish transposition in this sort of case).


Cheers,             You can't lick the system -- but you can certainly
Rick Moen           give it a damned good fondling....
rick at linuxmafia.com

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