Quotes of the week

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The LinuxReviews Quote of the week is some free software related quote which is shown on the front page of this website. What quote is used is typically random and everything goes as long as it's somehow related to free software or computers or anything else remotely relevant. The same quote will sometimes stay up one week, sometimes four. The quotes have so far been thrown away when they have been replaced. That may be a waste so this page was created to collect them when they are thrown away.

2021

Week 9

"I was actually without electricity for six days of the merge window, and was seriously considering just extending the merge window to get everything done."

Linus Torvalds on the Linux 5.12 merge window

Week 12

"CMake fans are the worst"

Mesa developer Jason Ekstrand
March 20th, 2021

Week 13

"We must nurture positive things. Positive emotions are really a benefit to yourself and others. Warmheartedness and a sense of responsibility clearly have an important role in modern society, in every field. Training can make a difference, so we need to plan a better education."

Dalai Lama, March 29th, 2021

Week 14

"The middle rings were always completely and entirely useless.

There is basically absolutely no difference between rings 1-3: the paging model doesn't make a difference, and the only support for it is in some truly esoteric segment and call gate usage that no sane person should ever do, and that just means that your OS will never be relevant on anything else than x86, and will perform badly even there.

You don't need them. Not even for microkernels. If you think you do, you've done something truly horrendously wrong to begin with."

Week 15

"Corporate interests have been taking aim at the GNU license and the FSF for decades. They hate that they can't steal free software, make it proprietary, and profit from it - without having to make the entirety of the source available to their customers which thwarts their profit plans."

anonymous, April 2021

Week 16

"My teacher will often insist that "GCC and Clang make convenient assumptions at O2 and higher" without comprehending that the assumptions are "your code conforms to what the C/C++ standard says" and that this is the entire reason we have a standard, despite all my efforts at explaining things to him."

Gabriel Ravier on the GCC mailing list
April 15th, 2021

Week 17

"A project which decides its purpose is to separate from wrongthinkers is naturally going to waste a lot of valuable time and effort arguing about what counts as wrongthink. Time and effort which could better be spent developing free software."

Frosku on the GCC mailing list
April 14th, 2021

Week 18

"With Vulkan, you can build command buffers first and only stall before vkQueueSubmit. With GL, the only way to build command buffers is to submit GL commands and hope it works."

Mesa developer Jason Ekstrand on #dri-devel
April 30th, 2021

Week 19

"VTE is a terrible base for building a modern, fast and safe terminal emulator. It's slow, brittle and difficult to improve. VTE is treated as simply being the GNOME Terminal widget rather than a library truly intended to be useful to others. They've gone out of the way to keep useful APIs private due to hostility towards implementing any kind of user interface beyond what they provide."

Termite developere Daniel "thestinger" Micay
on May 7th, 2021

Current

The current "Quote of the week" is put in place using template:Quote of the week. That template is currently showing:

"VTE is a terrible base for building a modern, fast and safe terminal emulator. It's slow, brittle and difficult to improve. VTE is treated as simply being the GNOME Terminal widget rather than a library truly intended to be useful to others. They've gone out of the way to keep useful APIs private due to hostility towards implementing any kind of user interface beyond what they provide."

Termite developere Daniel "thestinger" Micay
on May 7th, 2021

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Chaekyung

9 months ago
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How, exactly, would quotes by them be relevant to Linux or free software?
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