By jimgris on Nov 15, 2004
Notice the emphasis on "L-I-N-U-X." Too funny. I guess you have to say it loud so people listen. Especially when it comes to Sun and Linux, anyway.
Sam's interview with Hideya is excellent. The best question/answer for me (since I'm not a developer) is this one:
Do you have any kernels of wisdom for young people (high-school age) on how they might find and follow their passions in programming or collaborative development?
Here are my humble suggestions: Don't compromise in pursuit of something you feel passionate about. I think that's the key. We cannot do everything, but I would suggest that you identify a few things on which you would never compromise. Then follow your passion and instinct.
Another key is action. Avoid pressuring others to value what you are passionate about. The best way to convince people of the value of your ideas is to make a visual demonstration. Talking is ineffectual.
Today, we are fortunate, since we have more chances to find someone who shares the same values, thanks to the Internet. Don't be shy. Express your interests and find new friends from all over the world, and work together with them. It will be one of most exciting experiences you could ever have.
I really enjoy getting to know people who share the same vision, talking and working with them. The fact that I could get connected with those folks--live, all over the world, via the Internet--is simply amazing and exciting. I'm talking with people from Sweden, Brazil, the U.K., China, Japan and more! I'm thankful for these connections and these people. I'd encourage you to participate in an open source project, if you haven't yet. I'm sure it will change your world.