It’s the open source way

I still have not been able to get my LCD display to work.

All LCDproc ever did was hang.

So I connected it to the Windows machine and it works fine under Windows (so it’s not a hardware problem, which is good).

I eventually emailed the LCDproc mailing list and one of the main LCDproc developers has been going above and beyond the call of duty in trying to help me.

Sending me code snippets, and helpful suggestions and the like.

I’ve still not got it working but am hopeful I’ll be able to crack the problem over the weekend.

I mentioned the problem to my girlfriend and she suggested I ask for my money back.

I told her the software was free and she then wanted to know why on earth the guy was helping me if I wasn’t paying him.

“Because it’s the open source way” was the best I could come up with.

It does make you think though, why would someone help a complete stranger they’ve never met and are never likely to meet? When they know there is no physical reward involved.

Maybe I should make her read The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

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