TCLP 2011-05-11 Monologue: 2nd Adopters

This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

Listener feedback this week was from R.Ash who posted a comment in response to my rant on the innovation tax.

The Hacker Word of the Week is flat.

The feature this week is a monologue exploring the notion of 2nd adopters. Thanks to my friend, and co-host of Living Proof, John Taylor Williams for suggesting the topic.


View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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2 Replies to “TCLP 2011-05-11 Monologue: 2nd Adopters”

  1. Hi, new to your podcast and understand that you are looking for topics the podcast. May I suggest the following

    – Linux desktop
    – first KDE deskotp
    – concerned with KDE’s dependence on the (then) non-GPL Qt widget toolkit , GNOME desktop was born
    – ironically years laters, the group/person who started Gnome started another project Mono, which falls into “similar concern” that most opensource people feels
    – weird?

    – Ubuntu, new Linux user’s love affair
    – didn’t contribute much technical but did managed to great PR for themselves, helping Linux as a by product.
    – fair?

    – opensource
    – free, open, technically good if not better
    – great minds working towards same goal of freedom
    – contradicting each other along the way, e.g. KDE/Gnome, Gnome3/Unity,
    – GIMP, one of the most recognize app in Linux, is maintained by only a few (i heard somewhere only one) developer
    – to get sound working, you’ve get alsa/pulse-audio/jack/etc so that you can crash your system
    – everybody cannot agree with anybody
    – scary?

    If you happen to look into the above few topics, you will have tons of research to do but the outcome will definitely interest many many more.

    Good Luck!

  2. Hi Command Line,

    In response to your solicitation for topic ideas, I’m wondering if an entirely new topic would be appropriate. I’m thinking a section on “tools of the trade” would be useful where you could have on people involved with a new technology give a description of how it works, who’s using it, and how it compares to what else already exists.

    As a casual C programmer, I only happened to stumble over Lua for an embedded scripting language and then realized that JSON was a better option for message passing when I started working on a web interface. Both of these discoveries have resulted in a lot of rewriting because of my own inability to keep up with this fast moving field.

    Another idea is a spotlight on online communities. I only recently became active on stackoverflow, and I’m left wondering how many other online watering holes exist that I’ve yet to discover.

    Thanks for the great show!

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