I have just found what has to be one of the top 20 most pathetic, petty things I’ve ever seen.
While reading the entry, I found an odd sentence:
“it is included in nearly all Linux distributions, despite some resistance.“
That piqued my curiosity, so I followed the citation which led to an old Debian Linux bug report. What I read there made me facepalm literally.
From: “Silas S. Brown”
To: Debian Bug Tracking System
Subject: util-linux: ddate should probably be in a different package
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 18:50:16 +0100
The ddate utility supports the printing of Discordian dates,
as used by the (apparently fictional) Church of the
People with more traditional moral values might not
appreciate a reference to or advertisement for this movement
being present on their system. However, because it is in
util-linux, they will not be able to selectively remove it
(unless they write a script that is to be run after every
This is significant because it can prevent such people from
recommending Debian. It would be much better if “ddate”
were in some other package (perhaps a package of its own) so
that it is easier to maintain a system without it, should
the user wish to do so.
I never knew the existence of other calendars was a moral issue. I sure hope Silas Brown never discovered that Jews, Muslims and the Chinese also have their own calendar systems. It would probably give the poor fellow a case of the vapors.