Dune, As An Allegory For Windows and Linux, And Why We Have 37 Package Managers
I’m not sure why I like Frank Herbert’s Dune so much. The writing can get especially weird in ways I don’t like, but Herbert was a very good writer in terms of flow. I think it’s more so that it tends to be this neat mix of philosophical treatise and exceptionally quotable work, in many ways a manual on the order of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, not for War, but for why random social or political constructs work the way they do. That being said, I’m not much for conducting war either. Sun Tzu should make an Art of Photography and then I’d maybe read that. Anyway… I think he’s managed to teach me something about the computing environment in which we work.