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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest 460

prourl writes "The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the 2010 'We're Linux' video contest. The contest seeks to find the best user-generated videos that demonstrate what Linux means to those who use it and inspire others to try it." Sadly, the winner will almost certainly be edited in Final Cut Pro on a Mac ;)
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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:20PM (#31088508)

    I agree. Who the fuck would be motivated to use Linux after seeing an ad like that? If anything, ads like that have the exact opposite effect, so they should have a contest for "I'm a Microsoft Windows" video. Here's how it could go...

    Daytime, a group of 5 Chinese males in their 20's is sitting on a bench at some mall and snickering.
    The camera does a 180 degree roll around them to zoom in on the laptop of the guy in the middle.
    The guy utters something in Chinese about "Microsoft".
    A second later subtitles reveal that he just said: "We owned yet another corporation, I just love Microsoft!"
    The camera slowly zooms out in a "depressed to find out the truth" kind of way and while it's zooming out,
    "Developers, developers, developers!" could be heard coming from an arcade in the background.

    Fade to black. A sign fades in "Who do you want to own... you today?"
    The sound of the Chinese guys laughing in the background can be heard as the screen fades to black again.

  • by marcansoft ( 727665 ) <{moc.tfosnacram} {ta} {rotceh}> on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:37PM (#31088824) Homepage

    Not sure I'd consider them "world-class", but for most purposes kdenlive [] is pretty good for video editing under Linux, Eagle [] is a very popular PCB layout tool that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:52PM (#31089092) Homepage Journal

    How many windows users install it? Usuially it's installed at the factory and that's that.

    I've installed it several times, likewise various linux distros. I'd say the share of installation problems is about equal.

    Oh, and 1983 called...

  • by AmonTheMetalhead ( 1277044 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:59PM (#31089180)
    A six year-old will have problems with Win7 as soon as it's 'generic' drivers crap up over new hardware, hey, just like any other OS, well i'll be damned!

    BTW, given supported hardware, a six year old will have no problems installing Ubuntu neighter.
  • by HeronBlademaster ( 1079477 ) <> on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @03:41PM (#31089754) Homepage

    Windows is just more forgiving with the hardware.

    Uh... what?

    I have a laptop that bluescreens with regularity under Windows. The error codes it gives me in the brief seconds before rebooting point to glitches in the hardware (sometimes the RAM, sometimes the video card, sometimes a generic error).

    The same laptop runs Linux without issues.

    I'd say Linux is more forgiving of hardware glitches - or rather, the Linux kernel doesn't panic at the first sign of a ripple in the pond, like Windows' does.

    This is anecdotal evidence, YMMV, XYZPDQ, etc.

  • by Progman3K ( 515744 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @04:00PM (#31089964)

    My video would be a split-screen labelled Linux on the left side and Windows on the right side.

    The video begins with left-side user installing Linux and right-side user installing Windows.

    The time span shows Left installing Linux, messing up, starting over two or three times and text that says "time elapsed: 3 days" at the end of which the user looks a bit tired but finally satisfied.

    During this, the user on the right side pops in the Windows XP disk and installs Windows mostly by clicking OK. A text appears that says "time elapsed: 2 hours"

    Then both the left and right users sit down and start using their computers.

    Many quick-succession shots follow, indicating passage of time.

    On the left side, the Linux user sits and uses his computer as the caption indicates the passage of time: 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years... This goes on with no end in sight. The user is oblivious to everything as he is absorbed in actually using his computer now.

    During this time, the user on the right repeatedly complains that his computer is getting slower and slower. He reluctantly stops every three months and backs up his files, angrily wipes everything from the computer, reformats and reinstalls everything. This happens over and over, with the user becoming more and more frustrated each time as the user on the left continues using his computer with no interruptions.

    The video ends with the user on the right giving up and asking the user on the left for his Linux install disk.

    The caption reads "This is based on a true story" and then "Linux: What do YOU want to do today?"

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