[TUHS] man-page style

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Sun Nov 18 05:42:15 AEST 2018

Kurt H Maier <khm at sciops.net> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 11:14:53AM -0700, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> >
> > The man page authors / tech writers at Sun were paid to write man
> > pages, and learned / were taught how to do it well. The Linux stuff is
> > done by volunteers.  You're comparing apples and oranges.
> How do we kill this meme?  Linux is open to contribution by volunteers
> but the overwhelming majority of the work done on the OS for *at least*
> the last ten years has been by professionals who are paid to work on
> Linux.

Is this true of the user land as well?  Maybe gcc, gdb and glibc, but most
of the day-to-day standard Unix commands are volunteer-maintained.

> I'm not sure why the OS that powers pacemakers and self-driving car
> research gets to be held to a lower standard.

A valid point.

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