Eric buys an Ipod

August 23rd, 2006

everybody loves eric raymond episode 55 strip

“We have a serious problem. Whenever I try to pitch Linux to anyone under 30, the question I get is: ‘Will it work with my iPod? We are not yet as a community making the painful compromises need to achieve widespread desktop market share.”

Eric knows people under 30? And they listen to him?

I can think of a painful compromise of the FOSS software community. And it has a blog.

Thanks to Matthew Garrett for script help.

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  1. I like my music in a round shape with a hole in the middle, standing on my shelf inside a rectangular cardboard or plastic casing.

    I don’t give a flying falafel about no em-pee-threez.

    Even if someone makes a digital media thingamabob that plays nothing but patent-free OGG and FLAC and runs on HURD covered with GPL v3.14159.2653589 license, i’ll still prefer CD’s (without DRM, thank you.)

  2. LMAO, thats really funny…

    good to see ELER is alive, keep it up

  3. When will the Perelman t-shirts be available at the ELER shop?

  4. Noted, Amir; thanks. We’ll *all* know what to buy you for your birthday now.

  5. Wow, first time that I saw an I-Pod in the wild. I always thought it to be a myth.

  6. not only do ipods run on linux, ipods can RUN linux, and have been doing so for over a year. see this macworld review of ipodlinux –

  7. I agree. The Perelman t’shirt is sweet.

  8. [...] Eler colpisce nuovamente (per soli geek). [...]

  9. Hey! Somebody got to Digg before I did!

  10. Good one. What does the t-shirt say?

  11. Perelman is my homeboy.

  12. [...] I mean … it was fun to think he’d just finally become so hung up on being an A-list blogger that he’d completely forgotten Linux can handle USB mass storage devices, and I’ll confess to IM’ing Ed with some malicious glee, fully expecting that the court of Slashdot opinion might finally vote to convict. [...]

  13. ESR is talking about how the “iPod” generation only wants something that just works. They’ll even shell out $300 for something that is programmed to just work for nine months.

    Perelman T-shirt: Robin Williams plays Perelman in “Good Proof Hunting” saying “You know what, take your medal and shove it up your ass.”

  14. The visuals on the comic strip are funny, but your stolen chuck norris jokes are weak. and the content of your script and the remote control being a phone/ipod is half-assed… good day!

  15. [...] Everybody loves Eric Raymond » Eric buys an Ipod [...]

  16. I think its funny, the remote is just plain funny.

  17. ESR was talking about inability to convert music back and forth, not use USB storage. He’s right that Linux doesn’t support it (legally). He’s wrong though about what we need to do. We need to convert content providers to use standards compliant and patent unencumbered formats, then the devices will talk to Linux automatically. Some music stores allow me to chose between Ogg Vorbis and let’s say MP3. That’s progress, but until the choice will be Ogg only, player manufacturers don’t give a… what’s a flying falafel?

  18. Hilarious! Love this strip.

    @Amir E: I get the pi reference. Woohoo, bonus geek points!

  19. lmao. good one.

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