Re: Bug in ports howto question
At 10:16 PM -0800 2003/11/25, Allan Bowhill wrote:
> You are changing the meaning of my statement and arguing against it,
> pretending I said it. You are creating a straw man.[/color]
No, he's not. You took a definition that based on events and
applied it to a completely different situation (skillsets), and then
tried to continue to use the same term.
Use the right term, the right way.
> Now we get to the real reason for your attack. You have an expanded
> view of systems administration to include programming.[/color]
There are some aspects of systems administration that share a
great deal with programming. In those cases, whether you're doing
"systems administration" or "programming" depends on on the broader
context in which you are performing that action.
> My position, correct or not, is that systems administration and
> programming are two fundamentally distinct and exclusive areas.[/color]
Wrong. They have a hell of a lot of overlap. There are some
areas which are unique to one particular area or the other, but there
is more overlap than not.
> To tie this back to the original argument, I think the perception that
> they are one in the same has led to unrealistic expectations on the Unix
> front, that developers should also be expert systems administrators.[/color]
Or vice-versa, that you all systems administrators should also be
I agree with this conclusion, but I disagree with the way you
have gotten there.
> To have robust 3rd-party development, one should not expect all
> contributing programmers to have advanced system administrative skills,
> because such an expectation would be self-defeating.[/color]
Brad Knowles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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