in reply to Moral Dilemma

Right, okay...there...

Firstly, relax: No one who in any way does not have their head up their backside will slag you off for taking a job, technical or otherwise. Coding for money is not a crime - even Richard Stallman has to make a living. Whilst the economic system we live under may not be ideal, it is a basic fact of life that you have to work for a living.

Secondly, this will not destroy your career: Everybody has to start somewhere and any experience is good. One of the things I hear most often from friends is that they can't get experience without a job and they can't get a job without any experience (I'm a recent graduate so I hear this a lot.)

Finally, I will say this: Take the job. Work hard. Show you can do what they need. This will pay for food, living and fun. It is nice to have a life and a job.

Elgon - evil corporate whore

"What this book tells me is that goose-stepping morons, such as yourself, should read books instead of burning them."
       - Dr. Jones Snr, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Re: Re: Moral Dilemma
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 26, 2003 at 13:10 UTC
    You obviously don't know RMS' views very well. Read him in his own words (look for the word "alternative"). Before you take exception to the alternate career suggested, here is what the first employee of the FSF had to say on it. And then explained why it was a particularly good option to consider. (For the record, Brian built a company up to reasonable size and, with wealth taken care of for some time to come, stepped down to have more time with family.)

    Whether Richard has his head up his backside is your judgement call. Many people think that. Many others think that he should be (atheism notwithstanding) canonized. I say that he has a carefully thought-out world view which is unusually consistent and inconvenient to a lot of people. If you don't share his assumptions, then the reasoning process is interesting, but the conclusions can be disregarded. Adjust this advice to the extent that you share his assumptions and find the reasoning compelling.

    That said, my advice to the original poster is to accept the job if it interests you. It is good experience, and more importantly it is a place to get skills from which you can get another job. This is not just, "It looks good in the resume" - it looks good because you actually improve in non-trivial ways. Don't underestimate that.