Show them the code

August 2nd, 2005

episode 13 strip

Ok, so last week’s stop gap strip ended up as the *only* strip. I’ve not been making enough time for ELER recently, but I promise to do better from now on.

And thanks for all the supportive comments and e-mails. I’ve also gained a few “insider” contacts this week, who’ve been telling me some hilarious ESR stories which I’m sure I can incorporate somewhere. Keep them coming.

Bruce Schneier with guns for some reason

Bruce Schneier Facts

A few things you probably didn't know about Bruce Schneier. The Bruce Schneier Facts Database.

Knuth is my Homeboy t-shirts

Knuth is my homeboy T-shirts

Available at the ELER Shop. Be the envy of the tiny minority of your friends who know who Donald Knuth is.


  1. Wonderful work, very amusing.

  2. fetchmail! You forgot fetchmail!

  3. bwhahahahahahahahahaha

  4. I’ve been trying to forget about fetchmail for years.

  5. Great stuff!
    Get some more characters in it, you know you want to! Where’s Alan Cox?

  6. Blindfolds in nethack!

  7. Haha, this one is spectacular.

  8. Larry Wall! Donald Knuth! That BSD guy who no-one remembers any more!

  9. Very funny toon! :)

  10. Oi, what happened to Bruce Perens? He was meant to be here this week.

  11. [...] Funny, one may say hilarious and not so funny, one may say downright disturbing [...]

  12. Jordan Hubbard? Theo de Raadt?

  13. Eric Allman? Kirk McKusick?

    Oh yeah, fetchmail… I think I have a cron job running with it, but I forgot on which
    machine, and as long as it’s working…

  14. I like how when you read at first it’s really funny. Then after you read the linuxtoday article, it’s even funnier.

  15. Anyone else think Linus looks like Emeril Lagasse in this strip? BAM!

  16. you are brilliant.

    if you find they stop being funny… KEEP WRITING, just so long as you ridicule Mr. Raymond.

  17. haha…

  18. [...] I wonder if they shouldn’t just insist, despite his even more funny answer. [...]

  19. OMG. I almost fell from my chair. bwhahahahaaaa!

  20. [...] Everyone loves him! Suuuurrree! This tongue in cheek cartoon takes a swipe at Eric in a funny way! Related Stories (everybody, loves, eric, raymond) [...]

  21. Good one. Keep them coming :)

  22. So. Fucking. True.

  23. I’m with Sam, keep them coming! :p

  24. ha! I like this third guy…

    Looks like me in my universities homeworks: one of my friends do almost everything, the other check for problems and fix bugs, so I am with them! I pay hamburguers at lunch :D

    haha :D

  25. This has to be a T-shirt. I’d buy it for an unreasonable amount of money.

  26. I am SO with Dylan. I want this on a T-shirt!

  27. Absolutely… There is NO WAY anyone is justified in criticizing a distro unless they have actually contributed code.

  28. Roger,

    I think you’re missing the point.

    The point isn’t that you don’t get to criticize a distro unless you’ve contributed code. The point is that Raymond has, in the past, criticized people like Richard Stallman for talking about the rights of computer users (which, these days, pretty much means everyone). See here, for example, in which he explicitly tells Stallman to “shut up and show them the code.”

    The problem is that many people see Raymond as not having contributed much to Linux, or Free Software / Open Source Software generally, besides evangelism, and his evangelism often comes in a fashion which makes Richard Stallman look like everyone’s favorite uncle. Just look at what happened when some poor shmuck doing recruiting for Microsoft inadvertently spammed him with an invitation to apply for a job.

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