The Search For Beauty at Red Hat. * UNFUCKABLE LINUX *.
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Mark W. wrote:
If you expect to work at Red Hat much longer, you will do just as Ms.
N. asked. Rudeness and crass language exemplifies an inability
to adequately communicate and disrespect for your fellow employee.
I do not expect to work at Red Hat much longer. Maybe just a bit
longer. Not too much though.
Advise appreciated, thanks, I'm sure your only intention is to make
sure that I'm happy in my role in order to contribute the most to this
company. Coincidentally, that's exactly my only intention too.
P.S. English being my second language though, I am confident enough of
my communication skills to stop trainloads of hypocrisy if needed,
when needed and the way I deem it. Do your homework. Check some
previous posts of mine if you are aiming at firing me. Got no doubt
you got the skills that earn you the money. And I have even less
doubts to appreciate that you are smart enough to know what I might
mean. Hiring smart people is the *best* asset this company has.
Underusing their skills might not. But hey, it's certainly not me who
would dare to share some random management pearls of wisdom here and
there. Who knows, they might be worth it and somebody might take
credit and even profit for them. ;)
On the Mad Search for Beauty at Red Hat. * UNFUCKABLE LINUX *.
Ahhhhhhhh... Beauty. Such a mind opener word.
Hmmmm... let's see... today I have got a Milosz day.
"The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The
passionless cannot change history."
"It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it
the undefinable menace of total rationalism."
"Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth. Do not
follow those who lie in contempt of reality. Let your lie be even more
logical than the truth itself, so the weary travelers may find
And my yummmyyummmmy favourite one...
"The Search of Beauty. The only war that is worth to fight over in
this foul world."
Beauty. I think I could speak for ages on beauty. I don't believe in
absolute Truth. I think that the concept of an absolute Truth is not
only perverse in its essence but potentially venomous for the human
rationality. Us humans, such an amazing piece of coded information,
able to do anything from the most Evil to the simply Sublime. Someone
must be having a goooood laugh at this big big big joke called
Universe. So hey, let's go along with the greeks and shout out loud:
"Laugh at everything, for nothing does really matter"
So hey, hell yeah, let's have a laugh. You are some kernel hackers
riding your egos while changing the world one patch a time and I must
be a fucking clown with half a demigod, half a demievil inside not to
ride mine too! Hey, some people would say we'd certainly have some
potential for a good laugh!!! :P
Authority...ahhh authority... that's another lovely word I'd write so
many verses about... Authority is nothing eXoteric but eSoteric, it
arises from the inner core of your Being when you know that what you
deem to be RIGHT is the RIGHT thing to do. Whoever likes it or not.
Also known as fucking *ETHICS*. The world is ridden by eXoteric
MORALITY. Nobody knows what is right or wrong these days. Such a sad
times we live in.
Ethics can arise only from the inner *Knowledge of the Self*. Know
Thyself. Temet Nosce. Nosce te ipsum, yeah... even written above Neo
at the Oracle's.. but hey, that was just a fucking stupid movie of
flying muppets... you have to be mad enough to be called Ken Wilber to
The Inner Self, where good and bad dilute because Life wasn't a place
conceived to suffer, but just to be in awe at all the Beauty
surrounding us, miracles happening all the time... with only some of
us noticing the joy of a stupid thing like a cloudy landscape in the
twilight hour. Best hour for photographies, incidentally...
And here we are. In our search for Beauty. What is Beauty. Ahhhh. Such
a good question. Beauty is but *Truth* shinning. We cannot aprehend
absolute Truth... only itself shining. And that's Beauty. The beauty
and elegance of Beauty is that it's just there, for anybody to grasp.
The sharper your Counsciousness, the more Beauty you grasp. The more
you enjoy. The happier you are. The happiest the Universe gets... and
that's the essence of Love too.
The biggest obstacle to ride in the quest for the Know Thyself is
It keeps us from getting to the core. From discovering the diamond we
carry inside. Only if we dare to. And that's the point when we become
HYPOCRITES with ourselves. Because we fear ourselves. Because we fear
Truth. HYPOCRISY with ourselves is what will kill us all as humans. If
we let it grow as the cancer it is.
I have got, essentially, 5 problems.
1 - I know myself. As a result, I'm extremely happy with myself. As a
result, I don't depend on anything.
2 - When I consult my ethics and I know I'm right, I am not afraid of
3 - I don't care about money.
4 - I'm behaviourally amoral. I don't respect any kind of Authority
that doesn't arise from a True Self but mine.
5 - I joined RH to do my best to change the world.
Freedom arises, fundamentally, from:
- Being *Conscious* of your Acts.
- Taking FULL responsibility for them.
Speak for what you deem *YOUR* Truth. I will speak for *MY* Truth.
Feel free to forward this mail to whomever you deem suitable. I take
FULL responsibility of the consequences.
One thing you can be sure of: expect some changes at the way things
are done at RH.
Much gratitude for having a voice and speaking *YOUR* Truth on memo-list.
The search for Beauty seems to have just started.
In a reply to some fellow colleagues:
Something to aspire to XXXXX? It's either THE *ultimate quest* any
human being should aspire to, where all other quests pale in
comparison. Aaaaaah freedom... I usually take pride in spanish being
suchhhh a rich language to enjoy my word-fencing-hypocresy-smashing
skills at ease....
Ahh, If you think I might have a clue or two about how to mossssst
innocently and not that muchhh poignantly choose my anacoluthons, a
couple of epistrophes here and there, half a pound of puns and three
very sweeet slices of parrhesias in order to kick some phat assessss,
then you should learn some spanish if only to appreciate a good laugh
being the spectator of me delivering loads of love with some smoooth
This being one of those rare occasions where english language still
keeps on amazing me in awe day after day. While there is just one word
to express it in spanish: * LIBERTAD *, in english there are no less
than two to sharply precise the meaning:
Freedom. And Liberty.
It's the quest for LIBERTY, as the ability to do whatever you deem the
RIGHT thing to DO with your WILL, the one that is in jeopardy here, if
we give it just the slightest chance to strive.
Once treasured, nobody and nothing will be able to take it away from
you. For fuck sake, make yourself a favour entertaining yourself a wee
bit and stop absorbing so much mallocs for a while! :P Take a look at
The Shawshank Redemption. Andy Dufressne is FREE inside that prison.
That's the key to it all! That's the ONLY thing I'm after behind all
Just the right to say "fuck" in a mailing list!??????? Fuckingg
hellll, you should know me better than that! Sixth sense tells me
that, eventually, you will anyway. Ohsooooyes.
Do you know what's the single ONE and only KEY that opens ALL the
Liberty gates? Yeah, you almost guessed it:
- To Be Conscious you need to LOVE, first and above all, what you ARE.
- To take FULL responsibility of all of your actions you have to LOVE
what you DO.
The absolute ultimate KEY to it all?
Be and Do.
Yes, it's brilliant. Yes, it's simple. Yes, it works. Yes, I know.
Here I am aiming for a company where Liberty flows up and down the
food chain at ease and where COMMUNICATION flows at LIBERTY at any
level. Communication is the key element in complex systems. It's about
just everything: biological systems, sociological systems, econominal
systems, computing systems... That's why WE are so lucky to have been
given the chance to live in this time and do something about the way
things work. Such a privilege we have here!
In case you didn't get the game, Helen was extremely pissed off at me
being soooo poignant on a previous mail on January 22nd on uk-list,
about the rooms naming scheme in the new office at Farnborough. Bahhh,
something sooo intrahistorical as that. That mail made her feel like
scratching so hardddd places she didn't even knew she might have! She
was waiting for the occasion of me doing something silly to have her
petty revenge. That's why, after she found she had run out of
keepthedishwashingmachinecleanbitching, she saw the opportunity to go
for me at that damn "First FUCKING smart move I've seen on this
company since I joined." at my joy for the RHN liberation.
You'll loooooove to know that I have been given a written warning by
saying that on a public list. Hey, stoppp it, I haven't told you to
start to laugh! Yet. Hold it a bit longer if you can.
The *REAL* issue here is the reply that you had from no other than Mr.
Iain Gray himself, basically telling you to shut the FUCK up and if
anybody thought that was censorship, to give him a call. How does he
dare, to do that with the fucking amountsss of extremely brilliant
people around in a place where LIBERTY *IS* at the core of the ideals
behind the spoon that is feeding him???
Do you know who this guy is??? I *DO* know, I've had the pleasure of
endulging in some meetings with him. On him, I perceive ZERO inner
authority to command the team he is leading, GSS. Watch ANY of his
emails. Such a LACK of any content at all. I am MORE than willing and
ooooohsoyes able to prove all this with FACTS. Do you know what does
someone who has got ZERO inner authority to do when he feels his
integrity and well being are being threatened? You guessed it: he
tries to use his external authority. Though when those kind of people
meet people like me, for some reason, they tend to fail miserably. I
loveeee playing the drunkard, the fool, the stupid or the child: those
are the only ones who dare to bluntly shut out the *Truth* at anybody.
I laugh so hard at that kind of authority that equals hipocrisy. It's
the cancer of our days! Just listen to the next hourly world news
service! But hey, I wouldn't pass a good chance to deliver some
hyperbatons with loadssssss of love for the sake of a good laugh,
Do you know who has got all the eyes put on him because of this damn
quixoticschizoclown attitude of mine that hasn't got any tolerance for
the least amount of hypocrisy? My manager, Xavier Oleron, GSS EMEA
Director. He *DOES* know what kind of person I am. He *DOES* know
where my skills are. He *DOES* appreciate me because he realized so
quickly the way I was during my interview to be hired. That's why he
called my recruiter just 5 minutes after I left the office to tell him
not to let me escape at any cost. Heh. He *DOES* know that it wouldn't
be fair that they gave him the kick for something that is NOT his
fault but someone else above at the way things are done at GSS, so his
only choice now is to blame it all on me. And I so sincerely
understand his weak position now that I feel pity for him. They *DO*
know that they cannot kick me out because the snowball is now bigger
than they ever expected it to get.
XXXXX, oh XXXXX, XXXXX... Here I'm not fighting for the right to say
fuck in a mailing list. That's just too naïve mate.
* I am willing to fight my ass off at giving persons like Larry Ellison *
* the big FUCK OFF FINGER and to show the world that we are a company *
* with some ATTITUDE and absolutely ***NO FEAR*** whatsoever at doing *
* the things we deem to be right just becase WE CAN. And I'm more than *
* WILLING to show everybody how to fucking prove that! *
We are ALL hackers at heart. Extremely lucky to have been given a one
in a lifetime opportunity to change the way things are done in this
world by just doing the things we feel most passionate about.
A world where humanism is the driving force behind all ethics. And the
conquest of LIBERTY is the ultimate happinness.
Not the price to pay.
* To the Red Hat Executive Team *
Why Open Source?
All software is written with source code. With open source software, the code is protected by a special license that ensures everyone has access to that code. That means no one company can fully own it. FREEDOM MEANS CHOICE. CHOICE MEANS POWER.
Red Hat culture
First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win.
What is RIGHT, eventually becomes REALITY.
Despite ignorance, despite ridicule, despite opposition, truth happens.
We are what we believe in. Open source ideals. Red Hat may be small compared to the company we keep--and the company we challenge--
*BUT DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PEOPLE WITH A CAUSE WORTH BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT.*
People join Red Hat for a lot of reasons. For some it's our technology expertise and the chance to work among the best Linux and open source developers. For some it's the reach of the Red Hat brand. For others it's our growing market opportunity. Many people see the unrivaled potential for personal growth that comes in a company so dedicated to its people.
*AND SOME JUST WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.*
Rock the boat. *SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS.* Let the best idea win.
We believe in our philosophy.
And we won't compromise our values.
*COURAGE, FREEDOM, COMMITMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY.*
We have the COURAGE to challenge traditional ideas when we think we have a better one, and * we have the FREEDOM TO ACT ON OUR CONVICTIONS *. With this freedom we must always * have the commitment to follow through with our GOALS.* And we are accountable in everything we do to our customers, shareholders, partners, and the open source community.
COLLABORATION is how we can do all those things we do so well. Working with a worldwide community of developers means we can create better technology, faster.
We can deliver the BEST VALUE IN OUR SOLUTIONS, SERVICES AND SUPPORT.
*And TRUTH is what unites us all.* Open source principles are redefining how the world works, plays, communicates. * Inevitably, when you do the right thing, truth happens. *
WE BELIEVE IN OUR PEOPLE.
AND WE WANT THEM TO GROW WITH US.
* WE BELIEVE IN THEIR IDEAS, TOO. WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES, PURSUE IT. TELL IT, SHAPE IT, CREATE IT, WATCH IT BECOME THE NEXT BIG THING. *BECAUSE THE NEXT BIG THING IS NEVER OFF ON SOME HORIZON, IT'S RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, IN SOMEONE'S DAYDREAM. TURNING IT INTO REALITY IS JUST ANOTHER DAY AT RED HAT IN THE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES GROUP. * WE CALL IT A RISK-POSITIVE CULTURE. BELIEVING IN OUR ASSOCIATES AND GIVING THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.*
WE BELIEVE THAT WHAT IS RIGHT IS NOT EASY. BUT IT'S WORTH IT.
* We push the limit of what has been done and what is considered possible every day.* * It's rewarding, but it's challenging. * It's work. * And we know that working at Red Hat isn't for everyone.*
What you can expect:
* WE'RE NOT SHY ABOUT SAYING WHAT WE THINK. AND WE STAND UP FOR IT.
* WE'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DO THE JOB RIGHT. BECAUSE WHAT'S BEST FOR THE CUSTOMER IS WHAT'S BEST, *AND CHAIN OF COMMAND COMES SECOND.*
* WE RESOLVE OUR ISSUES OUT IN THE OPEN. * INTERNAL MAILING LISTS, COMPANY IRC-CHANNELS, BLOGS, AND THEAM MEETINGS.
* IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM, YOU FIX A PROBLEM. IF THERE'S CRITICISM, THERE SHOULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE.*
*STAYING PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE THINGS IS HOW WE STAY SUCCESSFUL.*
TOP TEN REASONS TO WORK AT RED HAT
7. *"What we believe in, we fight for."*
6. "Red Hat has top-notch people."
4. "We are a risk-positive culture."
3. "I feel valued as an employee."
2. "I believe in what I do."
1. "We don't want to kill our competitors. *WE JUST WANT TO BE THE BEST.*
* THE PROVERBS OF HELL *
William Blake. 1757–1827.
Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
If others have not been foolish, we should be so.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
Exhuberance is Beauty.
When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius. Lift up thy head!
The head, Sublime. The heart Pathos. The genitals Beauty. The hands and feet: Proportion.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.
He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
A dead body revenges, not injuries.
The most Sublime act is to set another before you.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
Shame is Prides cloke.
Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The wrath of the Lion is the wisdom of God.
Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
The bird, a nest, the spider a web. Man, friendship.
The cistern contains. The fountain overflows.
One thought fills immensity.
Every thing possible to be believed is an image of Truth.
The fox provides for himself. God provides for the lion.
He who has suffered you to impose on him knows you.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Listen to the fools reproach! It is a kingly title!
Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not believed.
Enough. Or too much.
To LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE for what one considers to be RIGHT is the very
core of satyagraha.
The SWORD of the satyagrahi is LOVE, and the unshakable firmness
that comes from it.
THE ART OF DYING FOR A SATYAGRAHI CONSISTS OF FACING DEATH CHEERFULLY
IN THE PERFORMANCE OF ONE'S DUTY.
COWARDICE is impotence WORSE THAN VIOLENCE.
The virtues of mercy, non-violence, love and truth in any man can be
truly tested only when they are pitted against ruthlessness, violence,
hate and untruth.
In non-violence, the masses have a weapon which enables a child, a woman
or even a decpit old man to resist the mightiest of Government SUCCESSFULLY.
IF YOUR SPIRIT IS STRONG, MERE LACK OF PHYSICAL STRENGTH CEASES TO BE A
To me it is a self-evident truth that if freedom is to be shared equally
by all--even physically the weakest, the lame and the halt--they must be
able to contribute an equal share in its defense. How can that be possible
when reliance is placed on armaments, my plebian mind fails to understand.
I therefore sear and shall continue to swear by non-violence, i.e., by
*satyagraha*, or soul force. In it PHYSICAL INCAPACITY IS NO HANDICAP,
AND EVEN A FRAIL WOMAN OR A CHILD CAN PIT HERSELF OR HIMSELF ON EQUAL
TERMS AGAINST A GIANT ARMED WITH THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS.
The first principle of non-violence is the non-compliance with everything that is humiliating.
A COWARD IS LESS THAN A MAN.
The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others,
maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him.
He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.
Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence,
Non-violence presuposes THE ABILITY TO STRIKE.
A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than
A 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
If the people are not ready for the exercise of the non-violence of
the brave, they must be ready for the use of force in self-defense.
THERE SHOULD BE NO CAMOUFLAGE. IT MUST NEVER BE SECRET.
Non-violent resistors will calmly die wherever they are
but they will not bend the knee before the aggressor.
He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honour
by non-violently facing death, may and ought to do so by violently
dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden.
Man for man the strength of non-violence is in exact proportion to the ability, not the will, of the
non-violent person to inflict violence.
While you will keep yourself aloof from all violence, you will not
shirk danger. You will rush forth if there is an outbreak of an
epidemic or a fire to be combated and distinguish yourself by your
surpassing courage and non-violent heroism.
Those who die unresistingly are likely to still the fury of violence
by their wholly innocent sacrifice.
The truly non-violent action is not possible unless it springs from
a heart of belief that he whom you fear and regard as a robber...
and you are one, and that therefore it is better that you should die
at his hands than that he, your ignorant brother, should die at yours.
There is no half way between truth and non-violence on the one hand and
untruth and violence on the other. We may never be strong enough to be
entirely non-violent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep
non-violence as our goal and make steady progress towards it.
The attainment of FREEDOM, WHETHER FOR A MAN, A NATION OR THE WORLD,
MUST BE IN EXACT PROPORTION TO THE ATTAINMENT OF NON-VIOLENCE BY EACH.
* Mohandas Gandhi - 2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948 *
The ULTIMATE MEASURE of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort and convenience, but WHERE he stands at TIMES OF CHALLENGE and
CONTROVERSY. THE TRUE NEIGHBOUR WILL RISK HIS POSITION, HIS PRESTIGE,
AND EVEN HIS LIFE FOR THE WELFARE OF OTHERS. IN DANGEROUS VALLEYS AND
HAZARDOUS PATHWAYS, HE WILL LIFT SOME BRUISED AND BEATEN BROTHER TO A
*HIGHER AND MORE NOBLE LIFE*.
Martin Luther King Jr., *Strength to Love*, 1963
But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT
CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHICH
DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU.
Maybe you'll give me a call now Matthew?
Don't rush though. Take a deep breath. You might need it, I understand.
Maybe even prove you are SMART enough to know the BEST for this company. I got the intuition you ARE.
Today is a lovely evening in London. I'm picking up my camera to grasp some BEAUTY and to enjoy LIFE.
How do you SEE the world Matthew?
Just another day at Jose's life.
I have been banned from all network access.
As this is a United States of America headquartered company, I am appealing for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
If you strongly believe this to be also *YOUR* Truth, forward this entire message to memo-list and TO VOICE WHAT YOU DEEM TO BE *ONLY YOUR BELIEF* add a:
FUCKING *YES* HAPPENS.