Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

Summary: Today's host Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims he's been using and writing about Linux and opensource for entirely too long Test yourself against some pretty tricky questions.

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Hi, there Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols your host today. I've been using and writing about Linux and open source for entirely too long. Suffice it to say that while I didn't use Linux 0.01, I was running Linux not long after that. So, with introductions out of the way, let's move on to the quiz shall we? Instructions: Click on your answer and then see how many others agree with you. Then click to see the answer and the next question. [poll id="119"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is B. It's a recursive acronym.

[poll id="120"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is: A. ESR (Eric S. Raymond).

Give yourself an extra point if you knew the name behind the letters for him or the others: RMS-Richard M. Stallman, GregHK-Greg Kroah-Hartman, and yours truly.
[poll id="121"]

The correct answer is... » TuxAnswer is B. Tux the penguin.

Once more feel free to give yourself an additonal point if you knew that Geeko is openSUSE's mascot, Hexlet is Darwin's and Beastie is how you say the name of the BSD Daemon.

[poll id="122"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. Yes, the company behind Corel Paint and WordPerfect. Corel released Corel Linux in 1999. [poll id="123"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. Lenovo Microsoft used to sell Xenix, a Unix variant back in the early 80s.

Dell also had its own System V Release 4 (SVR4) Unix back in the early 90s, and IBM, of course, has AIX. While Lenovo has sold PCs with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), it never sold its own Unix or Linux. [poll id="124"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is C. Vigor. Scary isn't it? [poll id="125"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. Carla. Although now that I've said this, I'm sure someone will roll one out. [poll id="126"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is A. Slackware.

Red Hat Linux came much later, CP/M-80 isn't related to Linux or Unix at all, and while Gentoo is also an important early distribution, Slackware predates it.

[poll id="127"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. Debian. [poll id="128"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is B. Red Hat. It never was as popular as Red Hat hoped it would be. Correct answers 10+: Close friend of Linus Torvalds 7-9: Friend of Tux 4-6: Has met Tux. 1-3: Would know a penguin if he met met one. 0: Close friend of Darl McBride. Thanks for playing! Related stories HP: The Linux Desktop Company Ubuntu Linux 11.04: A whale of changes for Canonical's user base Beyond Natty: The next version of Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu security: Holes found, holes fixed Splashtop: Linux for Windows users My favorite Linux desktop: Mint 10 Loving Ubuntu Linux

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  • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

    These are not guru questions, these are trivia questions.<br><br>I'm actually embarrassed about how many I knew!
    wkulecz
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz Exactly what I was thinking, I stopped wasting my time by question 4
      cbstryker
      • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

        @cbstryker,<br><br>You should at least try until question 11, just to make use of SJVN's hard work. No offense, but I'm serious.<br><br>But I agree, I think real *nix quiz should include nearly a thousand of unix commands just to separate the men from the boys.
        Martmarty
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz I agree, this was NOT a guru quiz, most of these questions actually had nothing to do with the OS, only its history, and it wasnt called a linux HISTORY guru quiz...

      still fun though...
      nickdangerthirdi
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz It was just meant to be fun. Now if you really want bash shell questions, how to pipe stuff through grep, etc. I can do that too.

      Steven
      sjvn
      • Issue with one

        @sjvn@...

        I don't know about Corel but I was using Caldera Open Linux 2.3 on my desktop in 1999
        Tim Patterson
      • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

        @sjvn@...

        I was using Caldera in '96-'97
        nemesis9
      • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

        @sjvn@...

        Bash Shell?
        Heck a real guru test would be to write a new multi-platform kernel module using sed in the Bourne Shell.
        In fact, the test could be to take an old palm pilot and write a linux kernel for it, an IP stack, a ncat clone, and use it to submit the entry to zdnet. In other words, chillax people. This was supposed to be good clean geek fun. Dont ruin it by being a bunch of nerdy dorks.
        alsunseri
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz Yes... ditto.
      jeremychappell
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz

      What next? An MS-DOS quiz?
      tonymcs1
      • A Freedos quiz, actually.

        @tonymcs@... Danger - Microsoft-free Zone. But you're fascinated...
        peter_erskine
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @wkulecz I actually enjoyed the Corel question. I thought that Corel was going to finally bring Linux to the desktop.
      Your Non Advocate
  • the linux community should create a ranking

    like:
    1.Novice
    2.User
    3.Geek
    4.Guru
    5.Luminary
    I scored maximum on these tests but that won't make a Luminary. It takes more than a test to advance and work your way up, like the activism pro Linux and OSS as I've been doing for years.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: ...create a ranking

      @Linux Geek

      May I add two more to the top of your list?

      -1. Windoze (l)user
      0. (l)user
      fatman65535
  • i have a linux question

    why does my firefox browser in ubuntu fragment and pixalate when I scroll?
    sparkle farkle
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @sparkle farkle Good question.. I don't know. FWIW, it's working fine with my FF 3.6..15 & Ubuntu 10.10.

      Steven
      sjvn
      • beats me

        I have a 64 bit version, amd athlon, and a radeon 4350, with 2 gig of ram. It's mostly the browser, the desktop is fine. It's a recent development with ubuntu. Had the debian version of linux mint, no problems. Is it gdm? is it ati. Used ubuntu successfully for many years, lately not so much joy.
        sparkle farkle
      • up and down scrolling fine

        it's when you scroll side to side
        sparkle farkle
    • RE: Quiz: Are you a Linux guru? Find out.

      @sparkle farkle
      Do you have compiz enabled? ATI graphics used to have trouble with scrolling when compiz is enabled, back in 2009 or so, not sure if they've since fixed it.
      balaknair
      • turned compiz off

        @balaknair
        sparkle farkle