Re: Change length of several lines simultaneously.
- From: Michael Ross <michael e ross gmail com>
- To: discussions about usage and development of dia <dia-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Change length of several lines simultaneously.
- Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:25:11 -0400
In response to the following comment
"Nothing related to my demanded task happens."
I am issuing the
"You should demand a refund"
you can read "Dia" almost everywhere in it that it says Linux. This is a very good read and cured me of some bad tendencies helping me to understand what I was dealing with and why.
A final comment. In quite a long time, 5 years maybe, not a single person has asked for the function you describe. I am not able to program enhancements to Dia, but I am very grateful for the makers of it and their excellent work. Every now and then I feel compelled to defend them - it is the best I can do. I know with certainty that they have limited time to VOLUNTEER to the effort of making Dia better.
There is a chance, maybe a large chance, they will choose to fix or enhance things that more than one person wants, instead of this pet peeve of yours. By observation I detect that, because of limited resources, our Dia benefactors prioritize what they choose to work on, to maximize the positive effect they can generate with the least effort, to choose what they do in support of organized and efficient development, and perhaps to work on what interests them personally.
That being the case, you should make every effort to politely help them figure out what you are talking about, maybe even offer to help make Dia better by your own work. Becoming publicly frustrated is not likely to cause a lot of activity favorable to your own desires.
Here is a pertinent excerpt from the link above Section 3. Culture Shock; 3a: There is a Culture:
Windows users are more or less in a customer-supplier relationship: They pay for software, for warranties, for support, and so on. They expect software to have a certain level of usability. They are therefore used to having rights with their software: They have paid for technical support and have every right to demand that they receive it. They are also used to dealing with entities rather than people: Their contracts are with a company, not with a person.
Linux users are in more of a community. They don't have to buy the software, they don't have to pay for technical support. They download software for free & use Instant Messaging and web-based forums to get help. They deal with people, not corporations.
A Windows user will not endear himself by bringing his habitual attitudes over to Linux, to put it mildly.
The biggest cause of friction tends to be in the online interactions: A "3a" user new to Linux asks for help with a problem he's having. When he doesn't get that help at what he considers an acceptable rate, he starts complaining and demanding more help. Because that's what he's used to doing with paid-for tech support. The problem is that this isn't paid-for support. This is a bunch of volunteers who are willing to help people with problems out of the goodness of their hearts. The new user has no right to demand anything from them, any more than somebody collecting for charity can demand larger donations from contributors.
In much the same way, a Windows user is used to using commercial software. Companies don't release software until it's reliable, functional, and user-friendly enough. So this is what a Windows user tends to expect from software: It starts at version 1.0. Linux software, however, tends to get released almost as soon as it's written: It starts at version 0.1. This way, people who really need the functionality can get it ASAP; interested developers can get involved in helping improve the code; and the community as a whole stays aware of what's going on.
If a "3a" user runs into trouble with Linux, he'll complain: The software hasn't met his standards, and he thinks he has a right to expect that standard. His mood won't be improved when he gets sarcastic replies like "I'd demand a refund if I were you"
So, to avoid problem #3a: Simply remember that you haven't paid the developer who wrote the software or the people online who provide the tech support. They don't owe you anything.
Michael E. Ross
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