On Sat, 27 May 2000, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> david parsons <email@example.com>:
> > The whoops-time-to-fork-the-linux-kernel showstopper for me is that
> > the reference implementation of this new configuration language is
> > written in Python, and, given the fluidity of linux kernel
> > development and the impossibility of getting patches to Linus unless
> > you're a member of the Core Team, this would probably mean that the
> > Python implementation would be the only implementation that would
> > ever work.
> I hate to ruin a nice juicy flamewar by introducing such dull things as
> facts into it, but...
... and Hook, Bait And Sinker Award goes to... <drumroll> Eric. Oh, wait...
> On Red Hat, a Python 1.5.2 RPM installation looks as though it
> requires about 5M. This is probably more than a bare-bones
> install on other distributions; it includes the Tix widget set
> and a bunch of other goodies. I shall bend over backwards to
> the Python-dislikers and ignore that detail. 5M sure sounds like a
> lot, doesn't it?
> Sure does. Until you start thinking about the actual numbers attached
> to various possible alternatives. Here are some byte sizes I
> collected from my Red Hat 6.2 system and the 2.3.99pre9 kernel tree:
> 4,971,072 Python 1.5.2
> 16,290,796 Perl-5.00503
... it looks like I'm going to take it, after all:
So, Eric, did you really mean what you had written or IJHBT?
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