An email I received from a college student
I wanted to share a communication I got from a college student who is taking a course on Linux.
The purpose of my sharing is to show how well IMO, we as a community have organized ourselves over the past 2-3 years. There have been a number of people who have put in a lot of work, a number of people who have put in some work, and so on. . . but it seems to me it's added up to a pretty good division of labor according to individual strengths. (Except that Jerry could use more help on the Manual since I slacked off as his assistant
Nobody can do it all. But when we organize in teams, and have some kind of functional structure, we all can get most of what we need to do done. Here is the text of her letter:
Her original email came to me through my mailbox as project director of MepisCommunity.org, requesting information about the distro:
Well! You all who know me understand that the beauty of our whole MC.org setup is that her last sentence is absolutely, positively mistaken!
Since the original community website project finished development and went online, I hardly do anything
. Peregrine and Jerry do all the work, and the other "departments" of the community --like repo/packaging, Forum admin, artwork, etc, all have dedicated people managing those aspects. They're
the folks who are "as busy if not more so." I just sit around enjoying my $1,000 a month salary from Mepis
thinking up ways to annoy people
who actually make things happen around here.
So answering the occasional email that comes to me is not a serious burden on my schedule. I just get to annoy Rich a little less that day. Except this time it was Warren's turn, i had just thought of a way to bother him and. . . never mind. The point is that Mepis is getting a good rep because we have somebody like me around doing basically nothing.
I hereby move we double my salary and grant me a new timeshare in Hawaii so I can get away from the pressure for at least a few
weeks every year.