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Linux 3.12 Codenamed "Suicidal Squirrel" 102

Posted by timothy
from the ssd-drive-just-couldn't-live-with-itself dept.
First time accepted submitter noahfecks writes "After the Linux 3.11 kernel was codenamed 'Linux for Workgroups' in memory of Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Linus Torvalds is using 'Suicidal Squirrel' as the Linux 3.12 kernel codename." Seems only fitting. (The list of kernel names should reflect this soon.)
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Linux 3.12 Codenamed "Suicidal Squirrel"

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  • by jfdavis668 (1414919) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @08:29AM (#44828673)
    I was driving my tank off a range, when a squirrel ran out in front of us. We weren't going fast, so it took us a while to catch it. It zigzagged back and forth, and finally ran off the trail. At the last second, it dove back under our track. We then warned everyone to watch out for suicidal squirrels.
    • Is driving a tank as fun as it looks?

      • by jfdavis668 (1414919) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @08:52AM (#44828871)
        Depends on what you are doing. Driving a tank in a sleet storm at 2 am on a track that can barely be called a road is not fun. Tanks churn up mud and dust, and you get covered with it. Everything on the tank ends up like sandpaper. You constantly bang into hard metal objects. It wears you out. Very dangerous too. My driver drove under a tree we didn't see one night. My only warning was the .50 cal hitting the branches. I ducked, but lost my goggles. Went by there the next day, the goggles were on a branch that would have taken my head off. Overall, when the weather is nice, and you are cruising over open terrain, yes it is fun.
        • by Xest (935314) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @09:11AM (#44829035)

          You were doing it wrong. If I've learn anything from Call of Duty it's that when you're manning the machine gun you just keep your finger down on the trigger and the branch would've just been blown to pieces. It all works okay because as everyone knows you get infinite ammo when you just use the machine gun.

        • could do with a steel bar to be placed vertically to protect the exposed crewman's position when driving at night un-buttoned in areas where there are treess...
        • What was the worry? You would've just respawned in a few anyway.

        • by perpenso (1613749)

          Depends on what you are doing. Driving a tank in a sleet storm at 2 am on a track that can barely be called a road is not fun. Tanks churn up mud and dust, and you get covered with it. Everything on the tank ends up like sandpaper. You constantly bang into hard metal objects. It wears you out. Very dangerous too. My driver drove under a tree we didn't see one night. My only warning was the .50 cal hitting the branches. I ducked, but lost my goggles. Went by there the next day, the goggles were on a branch that would have taken my head off. Overall, when the weather is nice, and you are cruising over open terrain, yes it is fun.

          My Dad was Cavalry in the 1960s. Firepower may have improved but it seems that comfort hasn't changed too much. :-)

      • by animpaul (865113)
        Fun question! It's just like your own roller coaster but without the rails. Thanks to the suspension systems on these babies, plus the fact that you're destined to run cross country, the bobbing and tilting is great. You'll get to know all the sounds: clinking of tracks, engine, the cuss of your fellow occupants as you hit a bump and they drop something into an inaccessible corner of the vehicle. Davis668 is right though, inclement weather sucks. All in all it's a very cool ride. Like bikes are to lit
      • Only when your not humping shells.
    • by SJHillman (1966756) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @08:56AM (#44828907)

      I'm more used to suicidal chipmunks. Had one charge both of my dogs. They were on leashes and wouldn't have caught him if he had gone any other direction but at us. My half-pit bull scooped it up in his mouth, but also being half moron, he didn't know what the hell to do with the damned chipmunk that was now just a tail sticking out out of his mouth. I just gave him a disapproving look and he set the (now slobber covered) chipmunk on the ground gently, where it apparently reconsidered its suicidal tendencies and ran off into the bushes.

  • Around our area, there are squirrels running across the street all the time. We call them suicidal squirrels. But those that survive, we call amateurs. When we see a carcass, we say it's the mark of a professional. I'm happy to say, all the ones that make an attempt in front of my car have been amateurs.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    So Linux 3.14 will be codenamed... Pi. amiright?

  • I never knew until I heard about the 3.11 "Linux for Workgroups" thing...
    • by SJHillman (1966756) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @09:16AM (#44829097)

      It mostly started with 2.6.x (there were only a couple prior to that with names). A few highlights:

      2.6.17-rc6–2.6.17– Crazed Snow-Weasel
      2.6.18–2.6.19– Avast! A bilge rat!
      2.6.20-rc2–2.6.20– Homicidal Dwarf Hamster
      2.6.22-rc3–2.6.22-rc4 Jeff Thinks I Should Change This, But To What?
      2.6.23-rc7–2.6.23–2.6.24– Arr Matey! A Hairy Bilge Rat!
      stable: 2.6.24.1– Err Metey! A Heury Beelge-a Ret!
      2.6.25-rc2–2.6.25– Funky Weasel is Jiggy wit it
      2.6.34-rc5-2.6.34–2.6.35 Sheep on Meth
      stable: 3.9.6– Black Squirrel Wakeup Call

      Full List: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_kernel_names [wikipedia.org]

  • Rumor is, they're breaking off from the animals after S for the next one and just going with Linux: Tonka Tough!
  • You, Squirrel, are walking across the suspension bridge when you realize a Crazed Snow-Weasel, Homicidal Dwarf Hamster, Nocturnal Monster Puppy, Killer Bat of Doom, Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity, Sheep on Meth, Flesh-Eating Bats with Fangs and a Saber-toothed Squirrel [wikipedia.org] are behind you.

    To stand and fight, turn to Page 87 of DOOM!
    To squeal like a little school girl, turn to Page 91 of PAIN!
    To jump off the bridge and hope for the best, close book and cry.

    Squirrel has had a rough life, no wonder he wants to end it.

  • Good job, at least marketing isn't going to pick up these code names and use them for crap they shouldn't.

  • You'd think the guy would call it Piece of Shit Jackoff Suicidal Squirrel or Suicidal Squirrels in Your Sorry Excuse For a Programmer's Mother's Anus or something similar.

  • and had no idea I hadn't escaped the tech world for my commute home!

  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @10:05AM (#44829655)

    Onion Headline from 2002: "Road-Kill Squirrel Remembered as Frantic, Indecisive"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 12, 2013 @10:06AM (#44829659)

    Evil Mutant Attack Squirrel of Death

    I never dreamed that slowly cruising on my motorcycle through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Little did I suspect....

    I was on Brice Street- a very nice neighborhood with perfect lawns and slow traffic. As I passed an oncoming car, a brown furry missile shot out from under it and tumbled to a stop immediately in front of me. It was a squirrel, and must have been trying to run across the road when it encountered the car. I really was not going very fast, but there was no time to brake or avoid it- it was that close.

    I hate to run over animals, and I really hate it on a motorcycle, but a squirrel should pose no danger to me. I barely had time to brace for the impact.

    Animal lovers never fear- squirrels, I discovered, can take care of themselves! Inches before impact, the squirrel flipped to his feet. He was standing on his hind legs and facing my oncoming Valkyrie with steadfast resolve in his beady little eyes. His mouth opened, and at the last possible second, he screamed and leaped! I am pretty sure the scream was squirrel for, “ BANZAI!” or maybe, “Die, you gravy-sucking heathen scum!” The leap was nothing short of spectacular...

    He shot straight up, flew over my windshield and impacted me squarely on the chest. Instantly, the set upon me. If I did not know better, I would have sworn he had brought 20 of his little buddies along for the attack. Snarling, hissing and tearing at my clothes, he was a frenzy of activity. As I was dressed only in alight t-shirt, summer riding gloves, and jeans this was a bit of a cause for concern. This furry little tornado was doing some damage!

    Picture a large man on a huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, puttering at maybe 25 mph down a quiet residential street, and in the fight of his life with a squirrel. And losing... I grabbed at him with my left hand. After a few misses, I finally managed to snag his tail. With all my strength I flung the evil rodent off to the left of the bike, almost running into the right curb as I recoiled from the throw.

    That should have done it. The matter should have ended right there. It really should have. The squirrel could have sailed into one of the pristine kept yards and gone on about his business, and I could have headed home. But, this was no ordinary squirrel. This was not even an ordinary angry squirrel.

    This was an EVIL MUTANT ATTACK SQUIRREL OF DEATH!!

    Somehow, he caught my gloved finger with one of his little hands and, with the force of the throw, swung around and with a resounding thump and considerable impact landed squarely on my back. There he resumed his rather anti-social and extremely distracting activities. He also managed to take my left glove with him! The situation had not improved. Not improved at all.

    His attacks were continuing, and now I could not reach him. I was startled, to say the least. The combination of the force of the throw, only having one hand (the throttle hand) on the handlebars, and my jerking back unfortunately put a healthy twist through my right hand into the throttle. A healthy twist on the throttle of a Valkyrie can only have one result: TORQUE. This is what the Valkyrie is made form and she is very, very good at it. The engine roared and the front wheel left the pavement.

    The squirrel screamed in anger.
    The Valkyrie screamed in ecstasy.
    I just plain screamed.

    Now picture a large man on an huge black and chrome cruiser, dressed in jeans, a slightly squirrel-torn t-shirt, wearing only one leather glove, and roaring at maybe 50 mph and rapidly accelerating down a quiet residential street on one wheel, with a demonic squirrel of death on his back. The man and the squirrel are both screaming bloody murder. With the sudden acceleration, I was forced to put my other hand back on the handlebars to try to get control of the bike.

    This was leaving the mutant squirrel to his own devices, but I really did not want to cras

  • My Favorite is

    2.6.21 Nocturnal Monster Puppy.

  • by Snospar (638389) on Thursday September 12, 2013 @10:23AM (#44829841)
    I was hoping for a Novell Netware reference. No one else remember 3.12? None of your remote server support in those days!
  • About once a year a kamikaze squirrel takes out a transformer here and takes out power to a few blocks. It hit us when we moved in. The power failure ruined a new fridge worth of food for our neighbors

  • Linux 3.14 (Score:2, Funny)

    by cbreak (1575875)
    Linux 3.14 should be Codenamed "Pi"
  • Great, now what are they going to call it? It's only a few letters away now.

    Unless for kicks Ubuntu is going to bundle 3.12 with their S version...

  • I take it 'Lemming' was deemed to not have enough dramatic flair. Leaping Lemming?
  • Here's the accompanying picture of a suicidal squirral on
    an obstacle course.

    Note this the extremely shy European red squirrel, not your
    average USA chipmunk.

    Enjoy.

    http://bjdouma.home.xs4all.nl/eekhoorntje.png [xs4all.nl]

  • I'm not usually a big proponent of what might be called 'political correctness' but I am a proponent of not being a cad.

    In small circulation, you know everyone and they can tell you upfront if a name like this bothers them. But for wide circulation, it seems in slightly bad taste to name it after a pretty tragic act. I guess I would see the names Genocidal Giraffe, Raping Raccoon, or Junkie Jellyfish in a similar light.

    Yes, I had fun coming up with those names, but I'm not naming a kernel version!

    Ah well. C

  • The cutesy names don't erase the abusive personality.

  • It should have been named "Suicidal SSD"

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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