Re: I love Xfree
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 17:00:38 -0800
Jeff Schwab wrote:
> Noah Roberts wrote:
>> Jeff Schwab wrote:
>>> Does anybody else here get upset when people say "X Windows," instead
>>> of "The X Windowing System," or just "X?"
>> Years ago I was banned from a chatroom for saying X Windows. In my
>> opinion that is just too pedantic and heavy handed. People who get
>> worked up over things like that need to think long and hard about what
>> is worth getting worked up about.
> "Who knoweth not the names, knoweth not the subject."
> -- Carl von Linne, Critica Botanica (1737)
The problem with being pedantic is it can really backfire when you are
wrong. Calling it "The X Windowing System", though incorrect, is
understandable; I know what you mean. But if you have previously been
intolerant of people calling it "X Windows" then you deserve what you
get. Maybe the fact that I quite often get things wrong has shaped my
tolerance of other people's terminology and/or mistakes.
At any rate, I stand by my view that it is not something worth getting
in a huff about. There are certainly more important issues. Like
people calling automobiles "cars"! THERE is something important! Those
people just get on my nerves.
"I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office
in foreign policy matters with war on my mind." - Bush
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