Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation "We're Linux" voting begins

Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation "We're Linux" voting begins

Summary: The Linux Foundation "We're Linux" contest is entering its final stages. This weekend, the submission phase wrapped up and now it's time for the larger community to do what it does best: Submit the work to as many eyeballs as possible to find the best entries.

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The Linux Foundation "We're Linux" contest is entering its final stages. This weekend, the submission phase wrapped up and now it's time for the larger community to do what it does best: Submit the work to as many eyeballs as possible to find the best entries.

Since I'm one of the contest judges, I won't announce any of my favorites here. However, if you're looking for suggestions, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols picks seven of the best from the pack.

Head over to the Linux Foundation Video Site and click on the blue stars under the videos to rate them. (You'll need to be logged into the Web site to be able to rate the videos.)

The top 10 rated videos will be selected next Wednesday for the "We're Linux" judges to vote on. As mentioned when the contest started, the winner will win a trip to Japan for the Linux Foundation's Linux Symposium in October 2009.

Real fun should start after the contest, when we see if the videos make any sort of dent in spreading the word about Linux. The video contest is a good start, but only a start. The Linux community needs to find as many ways as possible to achieve with marketing what it's already figured out with code: How to turn a distributed contributor base into a machine for making things happen.

If all the video contest succeeds in doing is sending one lucky submitter to Tokyo, it won't be much of a success. The challenge now is going to be how to get the winning videos in front of the larger audience that knows little to nothing about Linux?

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  • Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation "We're Linux" voting begins

    Wow you mean some linux user actually took time away from recompiling his kernel to make a video? I find that very hard to believe considering linux doesn't have any video editing software, let alone the ability to play videos at all. That's right, if it wasn't for a norwegian hacker you wouldn't be watching anything at all on it.

    I hope the video emphasizes the point of just how useless linux really is. As stated earlier it sucks at multimedia, try going to a flash website and watch your browser crash. It takes hours to download the dvd, format, partition, and install it onto the harddrive. Then spend hours configuring it because it doesn't use plug-n-play so you have to manually tweak config files. The security on it is a joke, leaving the telnet port open for the whole internet to get in. Oh and let us not forget the daily patches which requires recompiling the system. They should make a video called "linux: one headache after another and you will never get the system fully up and running"

    I'm guessing they will do what linux does best and just copy others for their video. It doesn't really matter since no one is going to see it anyway.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Not only is his post not right, it's not even wrong.

      [with respects to W. Pauli]

      Let's have a look at what you wrote and where you went wrong.

      "Wow you mean some linux user actually took time away from recompiling his kernel to make a video?"

      No Linux user HAS to recompile the kernel and most Linux users DON'T recompile the kernel since distributions from Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu work out of the box. I don't know why you keep saying this - is it because you have to do this a lot with BSD?

      "I find that very hard to believe considering linux doesn't have any video editing software, let alone the ability to play videos at all."

      Linux Video Editing - www.cinelerra.org my daughter has used this compares it favourably with the one from Adobe. I've used it to put our home videos on DVD.

      Watching videos - MoviePlayer, gxine, etc.

      With Ubuntu you can even load restricted codecs (well, restricted in certain places) and I've watch DVDs on my Linux laptop.

      "That's right, if it wasn't for a norwegian hacker you wouldn't be watching anything at all on it."

      Ah, so you admit you CAN watch videos on Linux. Your left lie does not know what your right fib was saying.

      "I hope the video emphasizes the point of just how useless linux really is. As stated earlier it sucks at multimedia, try going to a flash website and watch your browser crash."

      Actually, your post emphasizes how -- mm, how can one put this politely? Oh yes -- challenged you are in either investigating what you say or, truth be told, even in thinking about what you say.

      "It takes hours to download the dvd, format, partition, and install it onto the harddrive. Then spend hours configuring it because it doesn't use plug-n-play so you have to manually tweak config files."

      Not true. Using the Synaptic package manager in Ubuntu had me up and running very quickly to watch videos and edit my own. No config files or what.

      "The security on it is a joke, leaving the telnet port open for the whole internet to get in. Oh and let us not forget the daily patches which requires recompiling the system."

      Uhh, that's not happened to me either. There are patches, but I get them downloaded automatically in Ubuntu (much the same way it happens on Windows, except for Ubuntu I get patches for all my applications, too). Are you confusing this with BSD again?

      "I'm guessing they will do what linux does best and just copy others for their video. It doesn't really matter since no one is going to see it anyway."

      Obviously you won't, but then again, your absence won't be missed.

      Toodle-pip, old chap.
      BanjoPaterson
      • Oh how you got it so wrong

        so allow me to correct you, I have to do this quite often to linux fanboys on the talkbacks...

        [i]No Linux user HAS to recompile the kernel and most Linux users DON'T recompile the kernel since distributions from Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu work out of the box. I don't know why you keep saying this - is it because you have to do this a lot with BSD?[/i]

        Oh but they do have to recompile the kernel if they want to get drivers installed. This is a known fact. BSD provides a fully working operating system out of the box that just works because of the way it is built. Now stop trying to change the subject.

        [i]Linux Video Editing - www.cinelerra.org my daughter has used this compares it favourably with the one from Adobe. I've used it to put our home videos on DVD.

        Watching videos - MoviePlayer, gxine, etc.

        With Ubuntu you can even load restricted codecs (well, restricted in certain places) and I've watch DVDs on my Linux laptop.[/i]

        One program? So if it doesn't work as desired your SOL. No choice there. That is almost laughable if it wasn't so sad. And then you even go as far as promoting using illegal codecs on your linux box.

        [i]Ah, so you admit you CAN watch videos on Linux. Your left lie does not know what your right fib was saying.[/i]

        And if it wasn't for dvdjon you wouldn't be watching anything at all, so now you are doing it illegally. Not something I'd promote on this site if I were you.

        [i]Actually, your post emphasizes how -- mm, how can one put this politely? Oh yes -- challenged you are in either investigating what you say or, truth be told, even in thinking about what you say.[/i]

        Oh I proved my point on here. Its you who have not, so based on that we will have to go by my word.

        [i]Not true. Using the Synaptic package manager in Ubuntu had me up and running very quickly to watch videos and edit my own. No config files or what.[/i]

        You can't trust it because it taps into hacked repositories. I can't count how many times we read articles on here about some repository getting pwnd and down for months at a time. So much your for symantec update working, it just made you lose updates for months.

        [i]Uhh, that's not happened to me either. There are patches, but I get them downloaded automatically in Ubuntu (much the same way it happens on Windows, except for Ubuntu I get patches for all my applications, too). Are you confusing this with BSD again?
        [/i]

        Uhh, the repositories are always down thus you do not get the packages but must go to each package's website, check the current version against what is installed, download the source, extract it from the terminal, type in a cryptic code to get it to extract, then type in what can only be referred to as random guessing to get it to compile cleanly, then let it install into whatever random directory it wants because there is no file heiarchy in linux, search an hour for where the executable went to, set permissions, then run it just to watch it segfault and kernel panic because you had the wrong version of the libs installed. I do not see how that is supposed to be easier. Again, you bring up BSD to deflect from the real issue. Don't change the subject.

        [i]Obviously you won't, but then again, your absence won't be missed.[/i]

        Says you, but my strong following says I will be missed. Don't get mad at me, I'm trying to help you.
        Loverock Davidson
        • Which all goes to show...

          That your grasp of reality is still in the zone where Microsoft was not going to pay any fine to the EC, and that they were going to "spank the EC" and all sorts of other cliches.

          Other than that, nice try at being the "serious cousin" of Mike Cox.
          zkiwi
          • What does that have to do with anything?

            Good grief you linux fanboys are getting so desperate.
            Loverock Davidson
        • I'm Almost Flattered By Your Response...

          ... at first I thought to report it,
          And then I sought to retort it;
          But since there's nothing new
          And your "fact's" aren't true;
          There was naught that ought be sorted.

          Caio.
          BanjoPaterson
          • You seem to have a better career

            in poetry than in IT.
            Loverock Davidson
      • You're wasting your time.....

        As proved by his moronic and completely wrong response to you, any response to DumbRock is a complete waste of time. Just ignore the fool.

        He evens claims a large following. The only large following he has, is the bad smell of all the fertilizer he spreads around.
        linux for me
      • RE:Not only is his post not right, it's not even wrong.

        Loverock is.......tech wise less than a zero. All you do in responding is feed the troll.
        richdave
    • Spanking the troll

      Poor Davidson. From an article published 8 years ago -

      "Shrek was the first major motion picture created primarily using Linux. It won't be the last. Linux is rapidly becoming the professional animator's operating system (OS) of choice, not just at DreamWorks SKG, which produced Shrek, but at top production studios in Hollywood, the Bay Area, and London. An OS that started 10 years ago as a Finnish college student's personal hobby-not even a university research project-is invading film industry servers, renderfarms, and workstations.

      Film animators are now using Linux versions of Alias|Wavefront's Maya, No thing Real's Shake, Side Effects' Houdini, and Pixar's RenderMan-the leading commercial applications for animation, compositing, special effects, and rendering. Internally, the studios have ported millions of lines of proprietary code to Linux and are writing more"

      Can you name the Hollywood movies rendered on Windows, Davidson?
      whisperycat
      • Don't need to

        Since Windows isn't the issue here.
        Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation

      @Loverock Davidson Every time I read one of your posts, I think "who the f*** is this dipshit?" Then, I get to the name and think "ok, that explains it."
      Again, I have to ask- what distro was it that got you so pissed off 15 years ago? That had to have been the last time you tried the OS, because what you're describing hasn't been the case for years...
      I don't expect this post to change your way of thinking, btw... just saying my own opinion right next to yours...
      www.dfwsupergeek.com
      unclefixer
  • RE: Vote early, vote often: Linux Foundation

    I have done my duties as a LINUX lover :-)

    Cheers,
    Kathiravan Manoharan
    http://kathyravan.blogspot.com
    http://paisamechanic.blogspot.com
    kmzdnetone
  • Murderers convention

    Early signers include:

    Hans Reiser
    Charles Manson
    Jeffrey Dahmer
    Dennis Rader
    Ted Bundy

    Linux: Who do you want to murder today?
    jackbond
  • We're Linux = We're Losers

    I am sure most of these videos will convey that fact...
    Qbt
  • Half-witted insults

    They come from both sides of the linux/windows debate and shows nothing more than the shrunken abilities of perception, understanding and self expression of their authors.

    Insults are and will ever be the mark and refuge of the closed powerless mind. How unfortunate that such small thoughts find their way in such a large medium as the internet.
    zefficace