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Somewhere in Sardinia...

#About myself

I'm DVRC. I like anything that is UNIX-related or osbscure enough. In general retro, obscure, underrated or/and orphaned technologies.

#Other infos

Currently a CS student at University of Cagliari

Recent activity

Re: In praise of Plan 9 21 days ago

From DVRC to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

So, time ago I discovered the Plan 9 operating system, and I was quite suprised,
since that until then I just getting into the history of UNIX (Research UNIX,
BSD, System V, UNIX wars, MINIX and Linux).

It made me think of the limits of UNIX, because we're still using systems that
stem from it and retain much of its "crust", although the hardware radically
changed over the years: minicomputers and dumb terminals are no more, and today
we take for granted things like graphics, networks, sound, and (to a certain
extent) parallel computing.
Before Plan 9, networks (Berkeley Sockets, Sys V STREAMS, Datakit, ecc) and
graphics (X Window System, CMU Andrew, Sun NeWS, HP Windows 9000, ecc) were
"retrofitted" on UNIX, and we see the effects: their relatively crusty C API,
the adoption of some standards over the others (even if they weren't as good as
others) because of the UNIX wars. This likely backfired, since that M$ Windows

Re: Bleh 6 months ago

From Davi R. to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

Greetings,
days ago when I stumbled across your post, and I was pretty sad for this situation, since that you made/contributed to software that I use, such as QBE and aerc.
I remember when I discovered SourceHut: probably was when I discovered a "webring", and I stumbled upon the platform, where I discovered many projects related to Plan 9 and other things I was interested.

SourceHut for me been an oasis, a cenacle for hackers (especially UNIX, Plan 9, Lua and LISP) and novel ideas, a promise of better software, a place where I'm sure to find interesting software.
I started using it because I wanted to learn how source code control works, and because I felt other platforms were too complex or bloated for my taste; the thing that surprised me since the first time I used it is that the platform is lightweight, simple and solid enough for any workflow, considering it's in alpha state. The "killer feature" (at least for me) is the fact that still supports Mercurial (when I tried it the first time seemed easier to me than Git), a thing that is not that common, since that BitBucket dropped the support for it. Who knows, maybe we might see support for other DVCSs...
I've been using it for some months, mainly to manage private repositories (University stuff), but I hope in the future to come up with any idea that could make me open a public repository or to contribute to existing projects...

>I can’t even count the number of times someone has said they would refuse to use SourceHut (and that you, too, dear reader, should avoid it) on the sole basis that I’m involved with it.

Something similar happened to me too: I tried to talk about SourceHut to some university colleagues, but they seemed to refuse to try it, and some even look at me as a "weird" just because my workflow relies on more "exotic" software (like Vis, QBE, shell, tmux, Mercurial) instead of sticking to VScode (or an IDE) and GitHub. Some even attacked me for having strong opinions about modern software/bloatware and privacy. A thing that they tell me often is "how does this gets you a job?": what's the point to program in a language that I don't like, and program in a style that is radically different from mine, that I feel natural?
Unfortunately, anyone who dares to differ, to propose something new, to use something that might be niche, is regarded as "weird", gets criticized for its choices. I always thought that if something is popular, it doesn't imply that is good (later I discovered that even Donald Knuth said something like this), and this for me always been a driving force that made me discover software and ideas that got unfairly shut down.

Stay strong and don't let haters win. I hope you will manage to get out of this stressing situation.