DIYpl3

Do It Yourself patch level 3

Lyrics © 1998 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.\  \tttoDo It Yourself, © Bill Sutton.

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I w ent to buy some software, and they said six hundred bucks
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For some bl oated cruft from M icrosoft, now th at price really sucks
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So I l ooked out on the network, and, my friends, I'm here to say
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That p eople write great s oftware and then g ive the code aw ay.
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Oh,  Oracle, Sun and Microsoft, Novell and SAP
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Write bl oated buggy pr ograms that they l icense fora fee
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They m ake big bucks from software so they don't want me to s ay
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That  open source is b etter 'cause you g ive the code aw ay.
First I had to have a kernel just to make my software run
This Finnish guy named Linus wrote a great one just for fun,
Multi-user, multitasking, virtual memory as well,
And best of all it's free because it's under GPL.

Next, compilers and utilities were what I had to get --
The Free Software Foundation has the best ones on the Net.
They say that GNU's Not Unix, and I know this must be true
'Cause the tech support is faster and the software's better too.

Then I had to have an interface with windows, fonts and mice
And high-speed graphics over local networks would be nice.
The old X Window System got its start at MIT;
If it's good enough for Unix then it's good enough for me.

Now I had to use the World Wide Web, well that's always been cheap;
On the server side, apache didn't cost me any sleep.
Mozilla's code was open-sourced in April '98
Now Firefox is here and it was truly worth the wait.

Now I have my system running, not a byte was off the shelf;
It rarely breaks and when it does I fix the code myself.
It's stable, clean and elegant, and lightning fast as well,
And it didn't cost a nickel, so Bill Gates can go to hell.