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On Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:39:30 -0500
David Kramer <david at> wrote:

> When I was working at Polaroid on this embedded Linux project (oddly
> enough, I was not working on the embedded part itself, but the
> interfaces to it), the IT guys decided they needed to roll their own
> distro.  This had more to do with testosterone and lack of knowledge
> than informed decision-making.  In fact, our IT department had never
> done that before, and didn't even know all that much about Linux, and
> weren't willing to listen to others outside the group that did.
IT departments by their very nature tend to be more resistant to
change. My experience with the Polaroid IT department was comical. They
had their network all screwed up. Additionally, in the project I was on
in the ID department, which was the only profitable group at Polaroid
the IT department wanted to us to use their programmers yet none of the
available ones knew anything about C++, Linux, or Solaris. Note that
the ID department was sold before Polaroid finally self destructed.
Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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