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[ba-unrev-talk] An important interview

Well, I think it's important  to unrev-think
"There are a few genuine legends in the Linux community, and among them is 
an Aussie named Carsten Haitzler. Who? That's right -- the name probably 
means nothing to you. but his nom de code inspires awe in many. He is The 
Rasterman, and for many years he has been the symbol of innovative, 
uncompromising excellence in pushing the potential of the Linux desktop to 
and past its limits. He is the founder, though "inventor" would not be too 
strong a word, of the Enlightenment project, an infinitely configurable 
window manager that is working its way toward becoming a desktop, even 
though he thinks the desktop battle is lost. In an email interview, he 
talks about what he's doing, his view of the future of desktop Linux, the 
nature of development projects -- commercial, community-based, and 
genius-based -- and much more."    (01)

"When projects get too big people spend more time in politics (talking on 
mailing lists and waiting for others) than actually doing something useful. 
Generally, splitting something up, not autonomous units, and have them work 
on their own and just end up working in unison ends up more efficient, 
imho. This still means people have to agree how they interface, but again, 
imho, the "benevolent dictator" method when one or a very small number 
decide the important bits (the glue between the parts) and then let the 
rest roll. I also don't see "the more the better" as better. Too many cooks 
spoil the broth. Sometimes one or two really good people will easily beat 
10 or 20 average ones only working on something in their spare time. I 
personally prefer the "crack troops" style. Get five or six really good 
people and they can do a lot. Hundreds of part-timers, imho, don't work as 
well."    (02)