[GNHLUG] [DLSLUG-Announce] TONIGHT: A Surfeit of Sophistication - DLSLUG Monthly Meeting 2009-12-03

Bill McGonigle bill at bfccomputing.com
Thu Dec 3 02:54:55 EST 2009

              Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Linux User Group
              a chapter of GNHLUG - http://gnhlug.org

The next regular monthly meeting of DLSLUG will be held:

                Thursday, December 3rd, 7-9PM
at:            Dartmouth College, Haldeman 041
              27 North Main Street, Hanover, NH

               All are welcome, free of charge.


5:30  Pre-meeting dinner at EBA's.  RSVP and bring cash.

7:00  Sign-in, networking

7:15  Introductory remarks

7:20  A Surfeit of Sophistication
        presented by Doug McIlroy

      Hidden complexity in the service of simplicity is no vice. But
      one's heart sags in the face of complexity that bubbles to the
      surface in hundred-page "man pages" and thousand-line makefiles.

      Software advances more often by sophistication (complication for
      the benefit of cognoscenti) than by simplification (making
      powerful technique accessible). Unix began as a great example of
      the latter, but its proliferation into Linux/GNU mainly
      illustrates the former.

      Sophistication, unfortunately, is the easy way to get noticed,
      while simplification is often subliminal. As an unabashed
      cheerleader for the underdog, I will try to redress the
      imbalance by looking at some incidents large and small of the
      the tug-of-war between these two poles.

      [originally the keynote speech at the Ohio Linux Fest - ed.]


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