The Bigger Linux Metaphor

Who was it that said that Linux was like lumber? Was that Doc Searls? I don’t think it was Mad Dog. Well, I don’t see how the metaphor fits. Linux is not lumber, it’s a tool based on a legacy of programming. But none of the tools we use now (and I’m being really general) were not here when System V was new. We had to use our tool to make more tools.

What do you call that? No… Not a multi-tool. No, you call that a workshop. Linux is my workshop with my tools. Perl is my lathe for text, tcpdump is my oscilloscope for packets, and C is my blowtorch for welding libraries into new tools (I don’t actually like C). (Read the rest at Freedom Penguin)