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Linux Foundation Asks Who Says "I'm Linux" Best 459

An anonymous reader writes "Everyone has seen Apple's clever 'I'm a Mac' ads, and Microsoft's attempted responses, first with Jerry Seinfeld, and next with 'I'm a PC.' The Linux Foundation tries to fire back with its community-generated 'We're Linux' video contest: all of the eligible videos have now been submitted and are ready to be voted on. Thankfully, the quality of Linux is much higher than the quality of some of these entries: entries range from the hilarious but inappropriate, to the well-made but creepy, to the 'I'm sure it sounded good in your head.' Thankfully, there are one or two that could actually be real commercials."
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Linux Foundation Asks Who Says "I'm Linux" Best

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  • Re:I'm Debian (Score:4, Informative)

    by nobodylocalhost ( 1343981 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @02:36PM (#27245083)

    Really? I thought for sure slackware would be it.

  • by Geoffreyerffoeg ( 729040 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @02:41PM (#27245191)

    Here's one (the one the submitter called one of the better ones):

    Challenges at the Office []

    Some of the other ones are under the related videos.

  • by Skylinux ( 942824 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @02:41PM (#27245197) Homepage

    Unfortunately the server already melted so here are a few videos Novell produced to market Linux. [] [] []

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @02:46PM (#27245285)

    This [] is the "hilarious but inappropriate" one. The other two are NOT on Youtube, acually, but as far as I can tell, they're here [] and here [], respectively, in wget-able FLV glory.

  • Re:What a second... (Score:3, Informative)

    by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @02:59PM (#27245515)

    At some point, PC became synonymous with Microsoft Windows.

    PC became largely synonymous with "something running one of Microsoft's current set of operating system offerings" at about the time IBM licensed MS-DOS as PC-DOS and distribtued it as the standard OS for the IBM PC, and it was cemented when the Mac became the main hardware competitor to the PC and its clones, and so comparisons tended to be PC vs. Mac whether or not they were hardware comparisons, OS comparisons, or, comparisons of the combination of hardware and OS and available application software.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:03PM (#27245583)
  • Re:I'm Debian (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:18PM (#27245805)

    They're all in OGG format so everyone will be able to watch them anyway ;)

    There, fixed that for you.

  • Re:I'm Debian (Score:5, Informative)

    by VagaStorm ( 691999 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:30PM (#27245991) Homepage
    Akording to wikipedia you are correct, yggdrasil linux releaced first alpha on 8 December 1992, before both slakware and debian who came out in 1993 but Softlanding Linux System (SLS) precceded them all. (I knew nothing of this b4 I looked it up :p)
  • by Galois2 ( 1481427 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:40PM (#27246199)

    Two years ago? []

    That is a funny reply to the Mac ad series, but have people already forgotten the great linux ad which *preceded* either the Mac or PC ad series? Here it is: [] It includes Mohommad Ali, Sylvia Nasar, Penny Marshall, and former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:50PM (#27246385)
    Shame? I thought some of them were pretty alright. Here's some youtube links (okay, some of them aren't user made but they're all on the LinuxFoundation account and market linux) [] [] [] []
  • by Americano ( 920576 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @04:58PM (#27247501)

    People don't give a fuck about computers. It's like a car: the only time they care is when it isn't doing what they want it to.

    Well said. Put slightly differently [] by Harvard Business School professor Theodore Levitt:

    People don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole.

    There's a reason why most Mac ads talk about how the Mac makes "real stuff" (photos, video, music, email, setting up a new printer...) easy: it's the holes they're talking about, not the drill.

  • Re:facepalm (Score:1, Informative)

    by DirtyUncleRon69 ( 1492865 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @06:05PM (#27248485)
    Oddly enough, Linux is your bar entertainment as well. I accidentally unplugged a "Photo Hunt" touch screen thinger at the bar one time, and when I plugged it back in, grub booted up, then the main screen. I sometimes unplug and replug them now just to check if they run Linux.
  • by LinuxScribe ( 158687 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @06:47PM (#27249019)

    In order to facilitate access to the videos, we have uploaded several that were hosted locally on our site over the weekend to YouTube, which should allow the LF video site to handle the /. traffic load.

    Also, here are the direct links to the videos mentioned in the summary, in the order they were listed:

    "hilarious but inappropriate"

    "well-made but creepy"

    "I'm sure it sounded good in your head"



    Thanks for your patience,
    Brian Proffitt
    Community Manager

  • How vague (Score:3, Informative)

    by 4D6963 ( 933028 ) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @03:19AM (#27252383)

    OK cool that French video got me sold on Linux because it seems to say that if I put that Linux thing on computers then cute French nurses will fall for me and laugh at my jokes. But what's that Linux thing you're talking about, where do I get it? *googles some* okay, looks like there's lots of them, so what do I want, RedHat, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo, Slackware?

    My point is, while you can tell people "got milk?" cause they know how to obtain milk, you can't tell people "get Linux", it's too confusing. Choose a precise product and market it.

  • by rohan972 ( 880586 ) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @04:40AM (#27252781)

    Bull. Shit.

    That is all.

    Well, let's go over the claims I made so you can point out exactly what you don't believe then.

    Red Hat 7.0 for me. I feel the same way, until I have to do some work on my brother in laws windows box.
    Are you claiming I didn't start with RH 7.0, that I don't feel the same way as lennier about the flaws of linux distros or that my feelings don't change when I work on my brother in laws windows box?

    I'm not an IT pro, like most people I find it easier to use what I'm familiar with.
    Are you claiming that I am an IT pro, or that most people find it easier to use something they are unfamiliar with?

    Windows is too difficult, it doesn't even have decent package management.
    The statement of difficulty is a subjective judgement based on my own experience, so could you provide a link where I can download a package manager for windows comparable to what is available on linux distros? Something that with a single command or a few mouse clicks will update the whole system? I'd really appreciate it!

    Third party applications will download automatically but won't install unless you are running with admin privileges.
    So are you claiming that third party applications won't download updates or that those updates will install without admin privileges? Because thunderbird and firefox will download updates but neither will install them unless I do it as admin. Again, if you can tell me how so set them to autoupdate without running as admin, I'll appreciate it.

    Limited user accounts can't initialise his 3G usb modem without running an app as admin, and even then if you switch to another users account that will disconnect and have to be done again.
    It's a Telstra Turbo 7 Series Modem. I don't have it with me so I can't tell you what it is rebranded from. To connect you use the Telstra Turbo Connection Manager software which exits with an access violation error if it is run without admin rights. Logging out or switching user from the account it was started from (either using runas or if it was started from an admin login) closes the connection. The Telstra Turbo Connection Manager software must be closed in that account to successfully run it from another account. I have read that the connection settings can be used without the software but have not been successful doing so. Again, if you can solve that for me, I'd be grateful, it is in no way "bullshit" though. I'd willingly admit the problem may lie with me being unfamiliar with MS Windows but I've spent hours trying to get it to work in a more suitable fashion.

    Seriously, if things as basic as updating software and connecting to the internet aren't done right ...
    So do you think updating software and connecting to the internet are not basic functions? You don't have any reason at all for your comment. Windows and linux both have benefits and flaws, and from a linux users perspective the difficulties of using windows are non-trivial. Mostly you don't hear about it because many linux users are IT pros who are also familiar with windows. For those of us who aren't, it is a quite difficult system to use.

    All who think that linux users aren't helpful (RTFM) please take note of the above posters response to me having trouble using windows.

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