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Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux (twitchinstalls.com) 103

An anonymous reader writes: Early last year, an anonymous developer had the idea to try to crowd-source a game of Pokemon using Twitch.tv. 16 days of continuous play later, they were victorious, with an estimated 1.17 million people participating. A new experiment is now trying to ramp up the complexity: the goal is to install Arch Linux. "Every ten seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine." The launch page recommends taking a look at the Arch Linux Wiki, beginner's guide, and a list of bash commands. People in the video stream chat are already discussing strategy.
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Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux

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  • rm -rf trolls? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 30, 2015 @04:11PM (#50835111)

    Won't it just end up broken with an rm -rf at some point?

    • yes

    • sudo rm -rf /

      • Unless they already run as root.
      • by fisted ( 2295862 )

        that hasn't worked with GNU rm in a long time, sudo or not.

        • Isn't it distro specific? I.E., if I remember correctly, most distros set an alias "rm" to "rm --preserve-root" in .bashrc so the command gets called to preserve root by default and needing --no-preserve-root explicitly called if you REALLY want to delete / for some reason?

        • that hasn't worked with GNU rm in a long time, sudo or not.

          So, rm -rf /* then?

      • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
        Modern implementations of rm reject that.
      • by f3rret ( 1776822 )

        sudo rm -rf /

        sudo rm --no-preserve-root -rf /

        rather

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      This is an ingenious way to demonstrate to 1.17 million users why they have Windows on their computers.
      • Finally, an insightful response! Love it.

      • This is an ingenious way to demonstrate to 1.17 million users why they have Windows on their computers.

        Yeah, and Windows 10 is an ingenious way to demonstrate to 300 million users why they shouldn't.

    • by iONiUM ( 530420 )

      Yes, there is no way this is going to work. The reason Twitch plays Pokemon is so popular is because one person can't really mess it up. Sure, there were hours of Ash being stuck in the wall because everyone was saying go in the wrong direction, but that's totally different than deleting the entire pokedex (which would be equivalent to sudo rm -rf) and having to start completely over.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Do you forget the battles over releasing all of Ash's pokemon?

        • by iONiUM ( 530420 )

          No, but the pokedex being filled out is one of the requirements to "beating" Twitch plays Pokemon. If you release the Pokemon, your Pokedex still stays intact, which is not the case with rm -rf /. While it may inhibit them from beating the Elite 4 in the interim, they can always go catch more, which I suppose is sort of akin to rm -rf / except that you don't lose your experience and current place in the quests and such.

    • The number of trolls attempting to execute this command would need to outnumber the ones trying to continue the installation. I wouldn't worry about it.
    • Won't it just end up broken with an rm -rf at some point?

      Lol, that'd be my guess. I'd put money on it.

  • Easy (Score:3, Informative)

    by jwymanm ( 627857 ) <jwm AT dist DOT org> on Friday October 30, 2015 @04:12PM (#50835113) Homepage
    Step 1: Install Antergos - https://antergos.com/ [antergos.com]
  • This is moronic. Sure, you can do it - but should you?
  • My moneys on it ending with a fork bomb
  • ...on how long it takes 'em to brick the box?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    enter twice, good luck!

  • by cfalcon ( 779563 ) on Friday October 30, 2015 @05:11PM (#50835515)

    This is pretty great, but there's a lot of keystrokes to average out. Is it just plurality? Wouldn't there always be enough first-past-the-post votes to jam backspace, on pretty much any command?

    I'm more wondering at this point, what if twitch goes to 8 chan, which has some content that is illegal in some jurisdictions? Or what if twitch goes somewhere even less moderated and downloads illegal-almost-everywhere content? Who has the legal liability on that?

  • I see that they take the most popular keystroke from the chat. But how do you enter an enter - or how do you distinguish an enter from a space? It is supposed to go one stroke at a time, every 10 minutes. This could be really interesting.

    Does anyone have an idea of how many key strokes are required to install Arch Linux? Take that and multiply by 10 to get the minimum amount of time to complete this in minutes. It will be interesting to see how far off the end product is, both in terms of time and
    • From the twitter feed:

      Instructions
      Avaliable commands:

      Letters
      Most special keys
      'space'
      'enter'
      'backspace'
      'system_reset'

      So to have a space or enter, you actually have to type it out.

  • by iONiUM ( 530420 ) on Friday October 30, 2015 @05:27PM (#50835593) Journal

    So my previous post about how this won't work is actually wrong. I've been on the actual twitch channel, and the instructions are as follows:

    Instructions
    Avaliable commands:

    • Letters
    • Most special keys
    • 'space'
    • 'enter'
    • 'backspace'
    • 'system_reset'

    So how it actually works is that everyone types 1 letter (or I suppose it takes the first letter you've typed) and it uses that. So to type 'sudo rm -rf /' it would require people to type those exact letters in that sequence. Considering there will probably be many people there at once, some of whom don't want that typed, it will be significantly harder to troll.

    • So how it actually works is that everyone types 1 letter (or I suppose it takes the first letter you've typed) and it uses that. So to type 'sudo rm -rf /' it would require people to type those exact letters in that sequence. Considering there will probably be many people there at once, some of whom don't want that typed, it will be significantly harder to troll.

      By the same token, any command will require people to type the right letters in the right sequence. I will be surprised if the project in its curr

  • "Every ten seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine."

    Holy fuck, so we're literally just going for the million poo-flinging monkeys and you'll arrive there by random chance??

    This isn't crowd sourcing or harnessing the wisdom of crowds.

    No, I didn't RTFA ... but this sounds like an utter waste if time. But, hey, if you want to waste your time on crap like this, go ahead .. just don't pretend it's newsworthy.

    • It's Twitch. I don't know if you've been there, but you don't go there to do useful things, you go to do fun things. And this looks like it will be pretty entertaining

  • by SecurityGuy ( 217807 ) on Friday October 30, 2015 @05:37PM (#50835643)

    This really seems like an exceptionally useless thing to do.

    "Hey, everybody! Let's take something that one person can do well in minutes and have a million people do it badly over a few days, if it ever works at all!"

    Just...why?!?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Silly them, all they need is 1 virgin. Instead they'll have to settle for a bunch of people enjoying something you don't.

    • Yes it is, but it's best to think of this as a live comedy sketch.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Can't hear you, busy playing monopoly alone.

    • Just...why?!?

      For the lulz? I wonder if it is more useful than talking about how useless it is on Slashdot? This article itself will have many thousands of words poured into the comment field and to what end? At least they may have a working Linux install at the end. All we have is that empty feeling your get when you think someone is wrong on the internet.

    • by iONiUM ( 530420 )
      Marketing. It's working.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Accomplish the following task using crowd input:

    Write from scratch a Twitch emulator and an AI that emulates a Twitch user. Millions of instances of that AI shall give aggregated input to the Twitch emulator, with the goal of conducting this experiment inside that emulator.

    It goes on.

  • Dear cockroaches/meerkats/squid/whatever

    If you've reached the point where you can read this you've probably discovered plenty of evidence of our existence. If we had an idea what questions you'd ask, we'd have left answers. But we didn't. Because we were always way too focussed on trivial shit.

    So all there is to say is this: we're sorry we fucked it up. Try to be better than us.

    Yours sincerely,
    the apes.

  • "Twitch compiles Gentoo" would probably end up with compiler flags optimizing for a Commodore 64 or something.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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