[Wolves] 4 Ubuntu Yorkshiremen

Dave Morley davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk
Sun Mar 22 17:37:39 UTC 2009

Care of Neuro

The Four Ubuntu Yorkshiremen

(With apologies to Monty Python)

Four well-dressed men sitting together at a LUG meeting, surrounding a
laptop running Ubuntu 9.04.

First Yorkshireman (1Y): Ahh … Very passable, this, very passable.

Second Yorkshireman (2Y): Nothing like a good install of Ubuntu Jaunty,
eh Gessiah?

Third Yorkshireman (3Y): You’re right there, Obediah.

Fourth Yorkshireman (4Y): Who’d a thought fifteen years ago we’d all be
sittin’ here recordin’ a podcast usin’ Jokosher on Ubuntu?

1Y: Aye. In them days, we’d a’ been glad to have Slackware installed on
t’hard disk.

2Y: A beta of Slackware.

3Y: Without network card or CD-ROM drive.

4Y: Or a hard disk!

1Y: In a filthy Packard Bell.

3Y: We never used to have Packard Bell. We used to have to use RM

2Y: The best we could manage was to suck on a piece of a Sinclair QL.

4Y: But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.

1Y: Aye. Because we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, “Money
doesn’t buy you operatin’ systems.”

3Y: ‘E was right. I was happier then and I had nothin’. We used to use
Yggdrasil Linux on an old Compaq with half of case missin’.

2Y: Case? You were lucky to have a case! We used to have motherboards
and components scattered about floor for ’servers, all hundred and
twenty-six of ‘em, no cable ties. Half the things were un-updated; we
were all huddled together in one corner for fear of being DDoSed!

4Y: You were lucky to have updates! *We* used to have to hand-patch
kernels every week!

1Y: Ohhhh we used to dream of hand-patching kernels! Woulda been a
weight lifted to us. We used to infiltrate remote systems to snoop on
the kernel to see what’d been changed the night before to reverse
engineer t’changes back on our own kernels. Patches!? Hmph.

3Y: Well when I say “patch” it was a hard copy of a diff printed on
continuous paper with the green lines on it, but it were a patch to us.

2Y: We stopped gettin’ our hard copies; we had to fly to Finland and get
Linus to transcribe bloody diffs onto notebooks!

4Y: You were lucky to have notebooks! There were a hundred and sixty of
us passing code changes across Europe by t’game of Chinese Whispers.

1Y: By phone?

4Y: Aye.

1Y: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a telephone exchange
intercepting phone calls on the off-chance we’d catch your Chinese
Whispers. We’d scratch the diffs onto nearby bits of copper wire,
swallow ‘em and spend fourteen hours on bog trying to get em back again
when we got home. Then our Dad would thrash us t’sleep with his copy of

2Y: Luxury. We use to have to swim t’Finland at three o’clock in the
morning, sneak up to Torvalds’ house, spy on him until he typed in the
bits we thought he was changing, scribble them down on newspaper and
post them and ourselves back by DHL, come home, and Dad would beat us
around the head and neck with a broken Tulip network card, if we were

4Y: Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up at twelve o’clock at
night, figure out t’diffs by mental projection, lick t’diffs onto
EEPROMs for 1,166 Swatch Internet beats, debug the compiler with a slide
rule, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with
unsheathed Cat 5.

3Y: Right. I had to steal kernel diffs from you bastards, invent time
machine, go back in time, give diffs to Torvalds to implement as the
first version of the code instead of the twentieth, go forward in time,
and find all the diffs already implemented in the kernel I got with
Slackware, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about
on our graves singing the Free Software Song.

1Y: But you try and tell the young people today that … and they won’t
believe ya’.

ALL: Nope, nope …

Seek That Thy Might Know

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