Subject: Re: The merger: a user's perspective
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 13:12:10 -0500 (EST)

Ian Lance Taylor writes:
 > There is a classic case of a lumber company which harvested their
 > forest more or less responsibly, and was then bought out on the
 > stock market by an organization which simply cut down the entire
 > forest and liquidated the company in order to get a fast good
 > return on their investment.

Essentially you're arguing that the price for standing trees is wrong,
without expressing a willingness to buy them at a higher price.
Essentially that's the same as going to Linus and saying "Your kernel
scheduler is all wrong.  You should implement the foobar algorithm
that Chiang No Body wrote up in SPE." without actually being willing
to take the time to implement the algorithm as a patch.

The proper action upon discovering a bad algorithm, or a bad price, is
to offer a better one.  Anything less deserves a quick hit on the
delete button, nothing more.

Same thing if you see someone selling support for too low a price, or
too high a price.  If it's too low, offer them more.  If it's too
high, go into competition with them.

-russ nelson <>
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