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All software sucks. ...
by Alan Cox

All software sucks.
- Alan Cox

Live fast, die old, and make very sure everyone knows you were there.
- Alan Cox

I figure lots of predictions is best.
People will forget the ones I get wrong and marvel over the rest.
- Alan Cox

Everybody in the real world will agree -
the moment a project is behind deadline,
quality assurance tends to go out the window.
- Alan Cox

 

Most people treat the office manual the way they treat a software manual.
They never look at it.
- James Levine

We're entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.
- Tim O'Reilly

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds

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In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

Every piece of software written today is likely going
to infringe on someone else's patent.
- Miguel de Icaza

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
- Alan Kay

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware.
- Ken Olsen

It's hardware that makes a machine fast.
It's software that makes a fast machine slow.
- Craig Bruce

Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

I want people to use Perl.
I want to be a positive ingredient of the world and
make my American history.
So, whatever it takes to give away my software and get it used,
that's great.
- Larry Wall

I really think it is amazing that people actually buy software.
- Bill Budge

Software is like entropy.
It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing,
and obeys the second law of thermodynamics;
i.e.
it always increases.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

While the creative works from the 16th century can
still be accessed and used by others,
the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.
- Lawrence Lessig

I have this hope that there is a better way.
Higher-level tools that actually let you see the structure
of the software more clearly will be of tremendous value.
- Guido van Rossum

I was trying to figure out what to do next,
I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools -
software people could use every day,
particularly to help organize their lives.
- Mitch Kapor

I developed some unique software to public it on the
web that I call the Folklore Project.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now.
Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers;
essentially,
a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.
- Greg Egan

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

This will surprise some of your readers,
but my primary interest is not with computer security.
I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended.
- Wietse Venema

Venture capitalists are like lemmings jumping on the software bandwagon.
- Adam Osborne

Any editing, software work, and mail is done in this exported Plan 9.
- Dennis Ritchie

It's probably fair to say that the ratio of time our
Connector developers spend in the debugger versus the
Emacs buffer is higher than with most software.
- Nat Friedman

Computers have become more friendly,
understandable,
and lots of years and thought have been put into developing
software to convince people that they want and need a computer.
- Roberta Williams

The software patent problem is not limited to Mono.
Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
- Miguel de Icaza

Like all software, Qmail can survive only when it keeps
up with changing requirements.
- Wietse Venema

I got bitten by the free software bug in February of
1998 around the time of the Mozilla announcement.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Any good software engineer will tell you that a compiler
and an interpreter are interchangeable.
- Tim Berners-Lee

You know, IBM was almost knocked out of the box by
other types of computer software and manufacturing.
- Roy Romer

As every new breed of virus is conceived,
created and released into the wild, another small change
is made to the anti-virus software to combat the new threat.
- Glenn Turner

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing
a cognitive style on workers and their work.
- Edward Tufte

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
- Linus Torvalds

With bundled machines you can throw away the hardware and keep the software,
and it's still a good buy.
- Adam Osborne

People enjoy the interaction on the Internet,
and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting:
that's how some software projects are born.
- Linus Torvalds

I'm not saying we purposely introduced bugs or anything,
but this is kind of a natural result of any complexities of software...
that you can't fully test it.
- Will Wright

Then people started using it more and more and it became
the most downloaded software on the internet.
- Niklas Zennstrom

I want to avoid locking people into solutions that work only with Postfix.
People should have a choice in what software they want to use with Postfix,
be it anti-virus or otherwise.
- Wietse Venema

The scanning of barcodes, or the reading of RFID transponders,
generates data that is used in a software package to
provide management or control information.
- Mike Marsh

We also had good software in the key categories and
more focus on the gameplaying capability,
so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers.
- Trip Hawkins

Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers,
and the photographer side of painters.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

So what I was essentially doing was,
I compromised the confidentiality of their proprietary
software to advance my agenda of becoming the best
at breaking through the lock.
- Kevin Mitnick

If Unix could present the same face,
the same capabilities,
on machines of many different types,
it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
- Eric S. Raymond

Back in my day, I would probe by hand.
Now you can get commercial software that does the job for you.
- Kevin Mitnick

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

You get the software you pay for.
In every sense.
To the nth degree.
That's the way the world works.
- Dave Winer

My reply is: the software has no known bugs,
therefore it has not been updated.
- Wietse Venema

Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings.
- Niklaus Wirth

For many people my software is something that you install and forget.
I like to keep it that way.
- Wietse Venema

The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines
to run animation software are gone now.
- Dave Rowntree

I think software patents are a bad idea.
Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
- Larry Wall

Our technology is very scalable.
Our software can accommodate enormous numbers of clients.
It's a marvelous opportunity.
We'll keep developing products.
- Jay Chiat

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software,
we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
- Bill Gates

The Postfix security model is based on keeping software simple and stupid.
- Wietse Venema

We can provide beta software to our developers in advance of the general public.
We can easily link up with external partners,
customers, and suppliers.
- Jim Barksdale

I don't believe in government regulation of the software industry.
- Jim Barksdale

Most of the effort in the software business goes into
the maintenance of code that already exists.
- Wietse Venema

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

We've been in the Mac software business for more than 20 years.
And it's been a great business for us.
- Scott Erickson

Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools,
or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence.
- Niklaus Wirth

The challenge with Postfix, or with any piece of software,
is to update software without introducing problems.
- Wietse Venema

From day one our next generation system will run all our exsisting software -
so that gives us a head start.
- Trip Hawkins

Qmail out of the box works fine, so people will want
to use it regardless of licensing restrictions,
even when the software does not ship with their system software.
- Wietse Venema

None of our competitors have ever made two systems
that run the same software.
- Trip Hawkins

Writing software that's safe even in the presence of
bugs makes the challenge even more interesting.
- Wietse Venema


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