I would like to do a series of mailing list posts on the subject of Unix
systems programming in Ruby. I only intend to cover standardized,
POSIX-compliant features of the standard Ruby distribution. No
extensions or Linux-only parts.
Is there anybody who would NOT want these posts in ruby-talk?
I could do this on a separate mailing list, but I think it’ll be
beneficial to a wider audience in ruby-talk. I will prefix subjects
with “[USP]” for ease-of-filtering. I’ll start posting in a week or two
if there are no objections. I’ll try to space the posts so they’re
several days apart and allow time for questions/clarifications.
I don’t consider myself a great writer nor programmer, but several folks
expressed interest in learning this subject to me directly. I don’t
know if anybody else is willing to teach this subject or contribute, but
if I’m to do it, it’ll be over my preferred medium: plain-text email.
Most people would start a blog/wiki, but I dislike dealing with any
browsers/formatting/layout/presentation, so absolutely no
markup/markdown/troff/textile if I’m to do this. I’m interested in
reader feedback and contributions; and (plain-text, minimally quoted)
email is great for that. I will not use anything other than plain-text
email to interact with readers/editors/contributors.
I will provide downloadable mbox archives of all posts (and replies).
All of my posts will be licensed under the GPLv3, but code examples will
be all-permissive and reusable freely without attribution.
If anybody wants to take mailing list posts and make a website/wiki or
even publish a book so more people can read it, please do so! The GPLv3
protects readers who circumvent DRM if distributed in proprietary
formats. Editorial help to fix/correct things will be greatly
I request (but cannot enforce) my name/likeness NOT be used in promoting
any websites/books/etc… I do NOT want recognition, so you can (and
are encouraged to) hide/bury my name while respecting the GPL and take
all the credit for making it presentable to a non-mailing-list-reading
audience. I will not accept any payment/donations/gifts from this, you
can make all the money you can from selling this (the GPL allows it).
All I want from this is more people to understand Unix systems
programming (and to avoid all HTML/browsers/forms while doing it).
Thanks for reading!
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