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Slashdot is Giving Away $100,000

CmdrTaco posted about 15 years ago | from the why-the-hell-not dept.

The 2000 Beanies 151

So to kick off the new year, Andover.Net decided that we ought to give away a lot of money. We're excited to announce the 2000 Slashdot Beanie Awards. No, we're not giving away 2000 beanies, but we are giving away prizes ranging from $30k for Most Improved Open Source Project to $10k awards for things like Unsung Hero and Best Community Advocate. You can read the awards index, where you can also discuss the categories as well as place your nominations. Or you can read on to see a list of awards and a description of the nomination and voting process.


Let's be honest here. If Hemos and I sat down in a room and tried to pick the nominees for each catagory ourselves, either we would have the five members of Monty Python nominated for every category or only one of us would emerge from the room alive. And then whoever lived would get flamemail because we forgot to include Carol Cleveland (who really deserved to be nominated for Best Unix Eyecandy).

We didn't want to deal with that. So instead we've opened up the nominations. Each registered Slashdot user is allowed to nominate one person or project in each category. Each category will have a Slashdot discussion attached to it where you can chit chat about the nominees. And everyone can change their vote as many times as they want (until the nominations close in 2 weeks).

The nominations are blind... you can't see who is winning until...


Voting will function the same way. You can talk amongst yourselves, and each registered user is allowed one vote which can be changed all you want until we close the contest. The winners will be announced at the next LinuxWorld in New York.

The Categories

The Grand Prize ($30,000)

  • Most Improved Open Source Project

Ten Thousand Dollar Awards

  • Most Improved Kernel Module
  • Unsung Hero
  • Best Newbie Helper
  • Most Deserving Open Source Charity
  • Best Open Source Advocate

Two Thousand Dollar Awards

  • Best Unix Desktop Eyecandy
  • Best Unix Desktop Earcandy
  • Best Desktop Theme
  • Best Open Source-Related Book
  • Best Perl Module
  • Best Apache Module
  • Best Open Source Text Editor
  • Best Deserving of a $2,000 Award
  • Best Designed Interface in a Graphical Application
  • Best Designed Interface in a Non-Graphical Application

Why The Hell Nots (A Beanie, and a Hug from CowboyNeal)

  • Best Dressed
  • Favorite Slashdot Comment Poster
  • Favorite Slashdot Author
  • Best Slashdot Story of 1999
  • Big Dumb Patent Bully
  • Big Dumb Domain Bully
  • Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism
  • The Hemos Award (only Hemos is eligible)

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Open Source awards, or Linux awards? (1)

DrJolt (1435) | about 15 years ago | (#1412200)

It's not clear whether you intend this to be a linux-only deal, or whether any free software related people can be nominated. For instance, is 'best kernel module' supposed to be 'best linux kernel module' or what?

Why not Most Interesting New Idea? (3)

Zigg (64962) | about 15 years ago | (#1412201)

Seems to me that a large portion of the Open Source stuff out there is just rewriting things that've already been invented. The people who are inventing new things don't get the attention they deserve.

Why not give an award for new ideas? If Open Source wants to survive, it needs to innov... inn... innova... invent new things. (Sorry, couldn't bring myself to say it... the term has been tarnished forever...)

Beany's (1)

fishlet (93611) | about 15 years ago | (#1412202)

Could you give out one of those battery powered motor-beanies :-) I used to have a real beany with a propeller on it but I gave it to my (now ex) girlfriend. Still looking for another like it.

Maybe I'm just weird, (2)

draco ni (42765) | about 15 years ago | (#1412203)

maybe I just got to work too early, but the first thing that popped to mind when I read that title was that slashdot was giving away $100k worth of Beanie Babies.

I'm glad to see I was wrong. :)

Unsung Hero - Mike Heins (2)

fragermk (96318) | about 15 years ago | (#1412204)

I've nominated Mike Heins as a unsung hero in open source software. His package, Minivend (www.minivend.com), is important to e-commerce behind the scenes and rivals the most expensive propietary systems. He works very hard on this software and releases it all under the GPL.

Re:$100k = $102400, (1)

jcc (55702) | about 15 years ago | (#1412205)

Shouldn't we all know better than to use 10k or 30k when we really mean 10000 or 30000? C'mon, when is all this k nonsense going to stop?

Re:Maybe I'm just weird, (1)

extra88 (1003) | about 15 years ago | (#1412206)

My first thought was a Beanie Baby worth $100K, like that million dollar bra from Victoria's Secret. Y'know the people have spoken and told the company to keep making them.

USA nominees only i asssume!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412207)

Often there are competitions in usa and trade shows that in fine print say USA residents only for legal reasons etc...

DOes this mean, yet again a USA only centric self gratification big dick competition?

Another point is that, are all awards 100% tax free in cash (or gold) under the table? In some nice countries awards or lotteries are tax free, but i know in usa that if you win some $$$ you gota pay tax which kinda ( really ) sucks. So whats the deal?

Prices are tax free and in cash in an envelope? or money orders that are not traced by any govt? How about $2000 worth of Amazon vouchers, which are tax free.

Re:Beany's (1)

xscarecrowx (118632) | about 15 years ago | (#1412208)

There was a Calvin and Hobbes strip where he sent away for a motorized beanie, expecting to be able to fly with it he was pretty bummed out when he got it and it did not.

Re:Why not Most Interesting New Idea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412209)

As a matter of interest what new ideas have been brought out as Open Source?

Re:Maybe I'm just weird, (2)

remande (31154) | about 15 years ago | (#1412210)

If you can imagine a Beanie Baby like a Victoria's secret bra, yup, you're weird.

Best Open Source Advocate should be Microsoft (2)

dustpuppy (5260) | about 15 years ago | (#1412211)

The very existence of Microsoft, its software, and its tactics continues to provide the drive and energy for Open Source gurus to continue churning out the superior software.

It also drives the many passionate fans of Open Source to keep promoting the virtues of Open Source.

Without the Evil Empire, the whole Open Source movement would be without a focal point and without direction!

All hail Microsoft for creating the environment where a whole new culture could develop and thrive!!

How about . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412212)

. . . how about you go do your whining somewhere else, hmm?

If US giveaway restrictions bug you so much, why aren't you sponsoring a giant cash giveaway of your own?

Remember: that's the whole point of open-source. If something bugs you, take it and make it better. So, what are you personally doing to improve the situation?

NOTHING. You're just adding to the noise. Go crawl back in your cave, or at least drink some more coffee before trying to say anything else. You're giving the rest of us non-US people a bad name (Hi! Canadian here!)

hey... (2)

Zurk (37028) | about 15 years ago | (#1412213)

how bout contributing $100K to freshmeat so they can mirror all the opensource projects on their site ? That way, if a website shuts down we dont loose that project forever...and its a helluva lot better than giving it away for nothing.

you know, I don't really like this idea (4)

tap (18562) | about 15 years ago | (#1412214)

"Person most deserving $2000" What kind of award is that? Better to call it best ballot stuffer. Unsung hero? If no one knows about someone's work, who is going to know to vote for them?

I always hated school sponsored popularity contests, where all the jocks and cheerleaders get to give themselves awards and see who had the most friends. Is this really all that different? Doing stuff like this creates resent among all those who feel left out. Especially since most open source work is a group effort, to single one person out is a slap in the face to all those whose work is ignored.

I suppose none of this matters, since we already know who will get all these awards, Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, Larry Wall, Apache, XFree86, etc.

Re:Unsung Hero - Mike Heins (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412215)

This is what is needed if Open Source is going to stay relevant and inventive. The most finely tuned SMP kernel is still just a hobbyist oddity if it's used as a server to host other Open Source projects or even as an ISP workhorse hosting "my cat photo" sites.

It won't matter if all the e-commerce management people say "yeah whatever that's neato, here's $100k now order me 5 Windows2000 systems with Eshop-til-NT-drops (tm) pre-installed".

Not only that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412216)

Not only is this whole idea going to single out individuals in what is supposedly a group effort, but it also proves that Andover.net has waaaaaaay too much money if they're just giving it away.

If people are going to be doing "open source" just to win awards now, just declare Microsoft the winner already -- because you're buying into their way of doing things.

A contest designed for Red Hat, Debian, and GNOME (4)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412217)

Being some of the only Linux groups that get favorable postings on Slashdot, I'm sure members of the three groups in the subject will be pleased. And I'm sure the rest of us can go pound sand.

I, for one, will not be voting for this very reason. Slashdot occasionally presents an even handed view of the Linux landscape, but the congretation here is so biased I find it odd that Andover.net would authorize something like this contest to take place. It's like opening up a vote on whether gun control is a good idea knowing that only NRA members have received word of the contest. This contest is guaranteed to be skewed.

Don't even get me started on all the perl hackers out there who -- as we speak -- are customizing their scripts to help skew the results.

If Andover was serious about this contest, it would set up another web site (rumor has it that it's an Internet company, after all), leave the Slashdot moniker off of it, then let ALL Linux news sites carry word of its existence and let the community in general vote. Without that, I can't take this contest seriously.

Flame away...

Best Open Source Text Editor ?! (1)

Mawbid (3993) | about 15 years ago | (#1412218)

Clearly this is a plot by Andover.net to start the flamewar of a lifetime and leave the open source community a smoldering plain of ashes. Microsoft must be behind this.

Re:How about . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412219)

Arent canadians just very isolated americans ;)

Listen bozo, I am only ASKING, is it restricted??? and if so, then I am saying its all bolony any way.

Lets have mandrake do one too, but say, "no usa residents allowed because theyre loud mouth jocks"

Americans already think they are the centre of the world, god knoes most of them dont even know other countries exist or think the rest of the world is 2nd class.

This is very very cool! However.... (2)

Ken Broadfoot (3675) | about 15 years ago | (#1412220)

We are very aware there are some very good coders out there...

What we need to do with awards like this is support the folks who write howtos and help pages and even books about Linux and open source.

Some of us, ( I am thinking of me ) used to be great C and ASM coders back about 15 years ago and now ( at least me ) is far to tired to keep up with you young smart dudes. However i want to and am going to write a few articles and perhaps a newbie book about Linux.

I recognize your skills.. i used to have them but they are gone. But I am sure I can write...

In your awards consider those folks too.

Open Source - Schmopen Source (2)

overflow (72840) | about 15 years ago | (#1412221)

Seriously, I agree with the other posts. What happened to Slashdot the news organization? I'm getting sick of Slashdot the open source advocate.

Not that I'm against open source, but you guys have gone way off course. Suck.com's parody was right on target when one of the headlines read "Linux possibly defamed somewhere"

"News for Nerds. Stuff that matters." Not anymore.

- overflow

Re:$100k = $102400, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412222)

Every time someone uses K to mean 1000, someone pops up and says that we shouldn't do that because K means 1024. I have news for you, the metric system is older than your PC. 10K runs have been 10000 meters and will be 10000 meters for a long time. K means kilo in most circumstances in the metric sense and predates kilo (tied to byte) by quite a bit. Quit demanding that K mean 1024 when it is tied to anything other than data size.

The Hemos Award Nomination (1)

modulus (67148) | about 15 years ago | (#1412223)

I nominate Hemos for The Hemos Award.

Re:Open Source - Schmopen Source (1)

Powers (118325) | about 15 years ago | (#1412224)

Darn you... you stole my idea for a post! =) I mean seriously, let's try a bit of truth in advertising. Sure, Slashdot posts news items of general interest to geeks, but probably 30%-50% of the stories are open source, and these awards are almost exclusively so. I'd really like to see a scaling back of the Open Source rhetoric/hysteria/oversaturation.

Re:hey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412225)

Ummm. Andover owns Freshmeat too.

Too bad it isn't run as a real contest (4)

Smack (977) | about 15 years ago | (#1412226)

What's the point of retroactively awarding people? Why not use the money as an incentive to coders, like a contest?

Especially since there are glaring problems in the categories. The first issue is the ones where I can already pick the final winner.

Big Dumb Patent Bully == Amazon
Big Dumb Domain Bully == etoys
Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism = MSNBC

Is there any point to these, when all they'll do is attract flamebait?

Then there's the ones where 90% of the voters will go "Huh??". Like:

Best Perl Module
Most Improved Kernel Module
Best Newbie Helper

Does the standard Slashdot reader have any clue on these? Personally, I can't even suggest a single nomination off the top of my head.

So wouldn't this money be better served by using it for a CONTEST? That $30,000 for "Most Improved Open Source Project" is one hell of an incentive for the lone coder to get off their ass and start developing. Instead we'll probably just award some crappy half assed Microsoft UI imitator that has a lot of name recognition. *cough* KDE *cough* Go Slashdot!

Re:A contest designed for Red Hat, Debian, and GNO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412227)

Interesting this was moderated as Funny, since I did laugh at you when I read it.

If you want the benefits of the US, move here! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412228)

Stop whining and do something about it, you stinking foreigner. :)

screen (1)

LennierBOFH (110505) | about 15 years ago | (#1412229)

My favorite gnu utility has to be screen.
For those of you that don't know what screen does, its basically a window manager for your shell sessions. screen 3.09.05 lets you connect more than one session to a screen. I can run my text windows at home, and then connect to them from work seamlessly. It's a cool toy, and probably the most useful gnu thing i've installed lately.

if you thought the above post was stupid.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412230)

contact (816) 246 6160.. and let the colonel know.

Re:How about . . . (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412231)

I know that other countries exist, I just dont care. America, last of the superpowers and damn proud of it

Re:hey... (1)

fingal (49160) | about 15 years ago | (#1412232)

sourceforge.net [sourceforge.net] , nice hardware specs [sourceforge.net] too...

Some Rationale (2)

FreeUser (11483) | about 15 years ago | (#1412233)

I didn't nominate too many categories, but the following rationale applies three of those I did:

Most Improved OS Project: Livid (the Linux DVD Project) - Not only has playing DVDs under Linux gone from a pipe-dream to reality (if still a little rough around the edges) in a very short time, but with the help of DeCSS/css-auth it could be ready for prime time in the very near future. Additonally, the project is very important for the consumer/desktop usability of Linux, and could use the $10k cash to fend off additional legal thuggary from the DVD Forum.

Best UNIX desktop earcandy: xmms - the audio app I use more often than my television or stereo. (Though Myth2 Soul Blighter was a temptation)

Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism: Declan McCullagh of Wired -- not only did this person's poor reporting precipitate serious legal troubles for developers of css-auth (the Linux DVD css component), but he remained unapologetic throughout and, even worse, followed up with even more damaging FUD after having been informed of the errors in his reporting. His behavior on the livid development mailing list was unprofessional and reprehensibe, where he even went so far as to flame Livid developers without provocation. I only wish the archives were still up to link to here ...

$100,000.00 - for the love of humanity (2)

MrPlab (79403) | about 15 years ago | (#1412234)

Not only was I shocked to see Andover buy Slashdot from the geeks, but I am even more shocked to see the amount of money they're putting into it. Sure, Slashdot is good publicity for Andover, as we all know Slashdot has a large, and somewhat dedicated following. Having looked at the pictures of Andover's area at a few conferences / events in the Linux world, and couldn't help but laugh at the Slashdot sign, tilted up for all to see. It's quite interesting that a website that started as a fun way for Malda to show the world about Linux, and the news that surrounded it, became a website that is sponsored by a huge company with lots of money, and a website that is gaining more and more attention everyday.

Don't get me wrong, I love Slashdot, and I commend each and every person who's put work into the Slash code and who has made Slashdot into what it is today, but I think that if Andover can afford $100,000 for a simple contest, the amount Malda, Bates and Oostendorp (sorry if I spelt that wrong) are getting should also be remotely close to that high figure. By the way the authors post on Slashdot, this high figure is not being received.. unless they just don't want us to know that they make 3 times the amount of the prizes in the "Beanie Awards".

Slashdot for me used to be a place where I didn't have to worry about commercializing everything available, but now I see it as a de-sensitized company jumping on the bandwagon of all the other profitable websites. Too bad this one story changed my point of view.


Here, here!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412235)

I could NOT agree more. /. seems to have forgotten (if ever they knew) that there are plenty of us nerds/geeks out here who aren't really involved in the open source movement, don't work with Linux, and frankly aren't that interested in it either.

I think the "Linux/open source" focus was just to boost their IPO. After all, now they're *giving* away money. Sheesh.

Ah, well, there are better sites out there nowadays.... just

Unsung hero? Me! (0)

dsl (129140) | about 15 years ago | (#1412236)

Clearly, I deserve the unsung hero award. You say you've never heard of me, or my work? Yep, that proves that no one's singing my praises.

Re:Maybe I'm just weird, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412237)

I'm glad to see I was wrong.

I too can't read the word Beanie without mentally appending the word Baby. However, I think it would have been pretty cool had they actually done so.

Ralf Corsepius for Unsung Hero (1)

joelsherrill (132624) | about 15 years ago | (#1412238)

Ralf has been a big submitter to the RTEMS project and I would like to see him recognized. Among numerous other development projects, he has ported RTEMS to the Hitachi SH family, converted much of the RTEMS Makefile structure to GNU automake, and ported other open source packages such as Tcl to RTEMS.

best dressed, silly :-) (3)

gnarphlager (62988) | about 15 years ago | (#1412239)

I was trying to think of what I'd qualify for. Most people don't know who the hell I am, and usually people aren't too kind to my postings (after all I don't like South Park ;-), so I figured that I have to qualify for best dressed. Why? Let me count the ways:
  • my large collection of silk paisly shirts. Paisly is ALWAYS cool :-)
  • black buttondown with black tie and somehow look neither goth nor Johnny Cash.
  • proud owner of the Ugliest Jacket Known To Man(tm) . . . I'd show it to you, but you likely won't want to see it ;-)
  • 1999 was the end of a long reign for one pork pie hat, and the beginning of a new one. Corderoy this time. How can you go wrong?!?!?!
  • t-shirts ranging from O'Reily, to Sluggy Freelance, to Swans. Something for everyone
  • because you know you should love me *bats eyelashes*

so vote for me. I'll give you a cookie. One per vote if I win :-)

Umm, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412240)

OK, look, it's THEIR money! They can give it away in whatever manner they damn well please.

It's not "community money", so if they want to skew the results, then FINE!

If they wanted to, they could just pick people out of a hat and toss them the cash. But no, they at least TRY to be vaguely fair, and people like you jump all over them for it.

It's a wonder anyone gets ANYTHING done these days, what with the incessant whining going on in the background about how things aren't perfect . . .

Whine, whine, whine. Things aren't perfect. Life isn't perfect. Get used to it, and make do.

best open source advocate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412241)

I suggest a three-way, cage-match between Perens, Raymond and Stallman to determine this award.

Last man standing wins.

Monty Python... (2)

mbrooks (36350) | about 15 years ago | (#1412242)

C'mon, guys, why link to the domain of some slob trying to get the Python people to buy a domain from him? Link to the real site [pythonline.com] .


Sure win for "Best Poster" (1)

Master_Ruthless (89957) | about 15 years ago | (#1412243)

*ahem* Naked and petrified guy

Re:Some Rationale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412244)

oh MAN, i never knew that about declan mccullaugh and the livid thing, but one time i wrote to wried about one of the stories he had wrote, since there was a really lame reporting error, and he sent me a crazy angry flame mail. Weird! Anyone else have any horror stories?

Re:screen (1)

Sloppy (14984) | about 15 years ago | (#1412245)

Screen ruled! I used that for years when I had to use a regular dialup to get to a host. It was indespensible.

But then I got a SLIP/PPP connection instead of a shell dialup, and screen's usefulness kinda faded away. Why bother running screen when you can just open a bunch of telnet windows? So I deleted it from my ISP account in order to free up some disk space.

I had my screen binary's permissions set so that everyone could use it. (What a warm 'n' cozy ISP this was, where people actually knew each other and shared stuff on the shell host.) When I nuked my copy, I got a bunch of complaints. Whoops! Some people still used it, after all, and there was much scrambling to the archie servers that day...


Re:$100,000.00 - for the love of humanity (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412246)

malda and bates are millionaires now. what, you didnt know?

Advogato for best open source advocate (2)

raph (3148) | about 15 years ago | (#1412247)

I nominate Advogato [advogato.org] for best open source advocate. While the better-known open source advocates have been racking up major publicity points for themselves and doing the impossibly hard work of selling big business the idea of software that doesn't cost them anything, Advogato has been working for the most part quietly to help the community of open source developers, the people who actually write all this code the rest of you are so fond of evangelizing.

P.S. The rules said nothing about nominations not being allowed to be self-serving :)

Re:Too bad it isn't run as a real contest (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412248)

I like the idea of making this an incentive contest for coders (not that I have any say). As much as I appreciate Linus, Alan, RMS, etc., I think they feel loved enough at this point. There are lots more coders than just the Top Ten, so maybe it's time they started getting compensated (outside of an IPO that may-or-may-not pan out for them).

If I had the money to blow, I surely wouldn't bother with Yet Another Linux Award; I'd give coders incentive to code more, or I'd put the money into funding something like the Open Documentation project, or... Well, you get the idea. That would be MUCH more productive in my opinion.

Re:Open Source - Schmopen Source (2)

harmonica (29841) | about 15 years ago | (#1412249)

What's the problem? Andover.net has made a lot of money and they're contributing some of it for a good purpose. That's great! No need to rant...

Who gets the money for some of these (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412250)

Take for instance

most improved kernel module, $10,000

What happens when you give it to some group like the SCSI guys?

Who in the group decides how to distribute the money? How will the amount be distributed to those of us who live in Europe? How will you confirm that the hard workers get a share of it?

Do any of these prizes go to individuals? What about giving it to an entire group, what does the money buy? A new machine for testing? A web server and 2 years co-lo at a major backbone site? Beer?

Many questions, and the slashdot guys haven't given us any answers, yet.

Clue Stick & Best Poster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412251)

Hey, who ELSE but Jesse Berst could win the Clue Stick award?

And since BOredAtWork coined the "clue stick", make him Best Poster.

What we really need is a Best Troll category.

Awards Nominations (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412252)

  • Most Improved Kernel Module: FreeBSD's Linux emulation module.

  • Unsung Hero: In descending order:
    • Kirk McKusick [mckusick.com] , for his more than two decades of tireless service and personal sacrifices for our community.
    • Gurusamy Sarathy, Perl project release manager, responsible for bringing fork(2) to Microsoft ports of Perl and a million other things to make Perl code truly robust and portable between Microsoft and Unix platforms, a true Godsend for those of us forced to co-exist on both.
    • Malcolm Beattie, for trailblazing the Perl-to-C compiler, the Perl external byte-code interpreter, the first Perl/Tk implementation,threading in Perl, and safe blackbox compartments for mobile agents in Perl.

  • Best Newbie Helper: Mike Stok from comp.lang.perl.misc. He is patient and kind, never chiding nor arrogant. He has been doing this job for many years.

  • Most Deserving Open Source Charity: The Usenix Association [usenix.org] . They don't take sides. They promote technology and open standards while remaining vendor neutral. They promote all aspects of advanced technology, but are especially supportive of open source solutions. No organization has done more to legitimize us over the last twenty-five years.

  • Best Open Source Advocate: Larry Wall [wall.org] . He doesn't rant against anyone, tries to help everyone, and gives his code away for use by anyone, even Microsoft users. He doesn't restrict his good works to things that only benefit his friends. He doesn't preach, but lives by example.

  • Best Unix Desktop Eyecandy: The newest version of the randomizing X screensaver. It's really great in a room full of people on acid.

  • Best Unix Desktop Earcandy: The following entry in one's .Xdefaults file:
    *visualBell: on

  • Best Desktop Theme: ShinyMetal

  • Best Open Source-Related Book: In order of highest to lowest, all worthy of the award:

  • Best Perl Module: Damian Conway's Class::Multimethods [oreilly.com] module for traditional OO in Perl.

  • Best Apache Module: mod_perl [apache.org] ; how can there be any question?

  • Best Open Source Text Editor: The vim [vim.org] editor (vi improved), complete with its gvim graphical incarnation and its perl and python plug-ins.

  • Best Deserving of a $2,000 Award:
    1. The late, great Rich Stevens's children's college fund
    2. Larry Wall's children's college fund
    3. Dennis Ritchie [bell-labs.com] 's retirement fund.
    (Perhaps those count as charities :-)

  • Best Designed Interface in a Graphical Application:
    1. The eesh shell for controlling Enlightenment.
    2. The ddd debugger
    3. MacOS X's environment.

  • Best Designed Interface in a Non-Graphical Application:
    1. The {Free,Open}BSD ports collection: being able to just cd and type make and have everything happen is the best thing that ever happened to third-parts apps.
    2. The make menuconfig directive for building Linux kernels.
    3. The v4.0 trn newsreader, with scoring and plug-ins.

  • Best Dressed: Larry Wall, whether he's wearing Hawaiian shirts, tie-dies, or best of all, his outlandish, pastel-coloured tuxedos.

  • Favorite Slashdot Comment Poster:
    1. Guy Harris
    2. Tom Christiansen
    3. Enoch Root
    4. Jay Maynard

  • Favorite Slashdot Author: David Brin wins this one hands down.

  • Best Slashdot Story of 1999: Eric Raymond's story about viruses on Microsoft vs Unix.

  • Big Dumb Patent Bully: Amazon, followed by Unisys.

  • Big Dumb Domain Bully: NSI, followed by Etoys.

  • Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism: Slashdot.

Of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412253)

Considering the US is the only country that makes a real difference...

Pretty Funny (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412254)

Considering you are using Microsoft Hotmail.

Very unfair categories (1)

Zagato-sama (79044) | about 15 years ago | (#1412255)

It's interesting to see that half of these awards apply to Linux, or open source unixes only. Getting an award for a closed sourrce BeOS or Windows developer is definately a lot harder then it is for a Linux one (Which fits in virtually every category) Very dissapointing indeed. If Slashdot wishes to be percieved as an "unbiased news source" this is definately not the way to go.
Flame away~

Tom Christiansen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412256)

I nominate Tom Christiansen for best poster. His articles ranged from the hilarious [perl.com] to the insightful [perl.com] to the informative [perl.com] . And yes, I've been saving his links. :-)

Unsung Hero nomination: Mark Pauline (2)

bons (119581) | about 15 years ago | (#1412257)

Mark Pauline: Head of Survival Research Laboratories [srl.org] and fundrasing manager for the etoy projects [rtmark.com] . His projects have been an inspiration to hardware and software hackers alike, blowing away anything you can make with a lego mindstorm. (You try shooting two-by-fours [srl.org] at a high rate of speed with legos...)

Mark Pauline is the Bob Geldorf of cool technology projects. Where would we be without him pushing the limits?

By the way. Toywar [toywar.com] is up and running

Kernel modules (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412258)

I refuse to believe that this is for Linux alone. I'm nominating a BSD kernel module, even if it does have to do with Linux. :-)

Re:$100k = $102400, (2)

Foogle (35117) | about 15 years ago | (#1412259)

uh-oh, looks like somebody forgot to take his humor-pills this morning... Better fix it quick with a hefty dose of sarcastic anal-suppositories.


"You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding."

Re:$100k = $102400, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412260)

An `anal-suppository' is redundant. :-)

Re:Too bad it isn't run as a real contest (1)

DartX (71937) | about 15 years ago | (#1412261)

Look, you use GNOME, cuz you like it. I'll use KDE because I like it. And you know what? We'll both be happy. I guess since the teams of programmers are getting along, its up to people like you to keep the flames going.

So why dont you droping the flaming and go code something?

Re:We need more posters like you! (2)

Kurt Gray (935) | about 15 years ago | (#1412262)

I wish you'd log into the nominations forum
and post these there because your list has some
of the best suggestions I've seen so far and
yet this needs to be posted in the niminations
forums not here.


Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412263)

That's the best posting so far. I don't agree with all of it, but it's the most thorough treatment yet.

ZD interns (2)

Money__ (87045) | about 15 years ago | (#1412264)

The ZD net interns.

Allow me to be one of the many, many people to nominate the Ziff-Davis (ZD Group) in it's many forms.

Their particular style of "rip and read" journalism, and complete lack of objectivity over the years, has earned them the respect and honor of only the most "clue starved" trolls all over the world. It is my belief that this perverse propagation of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) puts the ZD Group among the front runners in the race for a firm twack with the /. Cluestick.

More to the point, I would like to nominate the hard work and dedication of the many ZDnet interns who (like so many sweatshop workers in a Nike factory) tirelessly toil to cut and paste microsoft press releases into Jerry Bursts' article of the day.

ZDs' blatant pursuit of mediocrity makes them a prime candidate for The Cluestick Award for FUD in Journalism.

I nominate myself for best-dressed (2)

technos (73414) | about 15 years ago | (#1412266)

I hearby announce my candidacy for 'Best dressed'.

Some of you may be asking yourself why you should vote for me. Simple. Best dressed isn't what label you wear, whither or not the cufflinks are real gold, etc. It's how you use attitude to make the look work.

Speaking as someone who successfully pulled off wide lapelled mohair at the formal company Christmas party, combat boots and leather jacket at innumerable weddings, and constantly gets positive comments about his misuse of military-surplus gear in the corporate work environment, I feel I deserve the award.

Because Open Source doesn't have any new ideas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412267)

"The people who are inventing new things don't get the attention they deserve."

That's because the people inventing things are getting paid for it and not doing it Open Source. Plain and simple. And could you imagine if Slashdot gave an award to a dirty capitalist? The world would implode.

Re:$100k = $102400, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412268)

No, it's not. What about vaginal suppositories?

Screw cash, give away $100k in stock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412269)

yeah! Give away shares instead of money and make a few millionaires!

Re:hey... (1)

Zurk (37028) | about 15 years ago | (#1412270)

sourceforge does web hosting. i wasnt aware they automatically mirrored all freshmeat submissions...IMHO, i dont think they do. Anyway, /. should be giving to the community by providing services..not throwing money at some projects just cause they want to. if you have 100K to waste, the least andover could do is build some stuff for everyone to use for 100K..something like metalab for example.

Game category! (2)

ZandramasX (38901) | about 15 years ago | (#1412271)

Look, we all know that we spend more time playing games than most of these other things combined... so how about a category for best freely available game?

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412272)

Anyone can post those nominations in those other forii. Why can't we just vote for them here? Anyway, I'll go post them if the author doesn't. Hm... but we can just vote for them, right? I can't figure out how voting works.

Re:Why not Most Interesting New Idea? (1)

MrIgnorant (70659) | about 15 years ago | (#1412273)

I'll have to agree with this. Projects like the Free Film Project [gnu.org] and Free Expresion [free-expression.org] are great and fairly innovative ideas that don't just deal specifically with software. but also include the ability for expansion and expression of different ideas by just about anyone. Maybe someday they can get some more recognition than they're getting now.

I like the "Best new Idea award" idea. that doesn't sound right...but I think it makes sense.

Thanks for the link! (2)

FreeUser (11483) | about 15 years ago | (#1412274)

Thanks for the link. The one in my bookmarks was no longer valid, and I couldn't find it on the new livid sight.

Re:How about . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412275)

WTF is it with all these whiny foreigners lately?

Guess what? Slashdot is hosted in America by Americans. Think they're a little biased? Of course!

I have to wonder, why is it that Americans don't give a damn about foreign web sites being made for non-Americans? Maybe it's because we respect their right to run a web site aimed toward the people they are surrounded by.

Heh. Fancy that. (2)

Chris Johnson (580) | about 15 years ago | (#1412276)

Oddly enough, I'd put up everything graphical I could come up with, _months_ ago. I didn't do this because I wanted to get an award, or because I thought anybody was going to jump around cheering: I did it because it was the right thing to do.

I made a point of producing all these textures in .xpm format (_months_ ago) so they could be native Linux tiles and background textures. On the agenda, I need to go make .bmp versions of everything available for the underprivileged- I didn't know until recently that Windows could not use a simple gif or jpg as a background unless the hapless Windows user turned on Active Desktop.

All these things are absolutely original work, put out there just to use with no strings attached and the sincere request of 'Just don't claim these as your own OK?'.

http://www.airwindows.com/desktops/index.html [airwindows.com] - Desktop pictures

http://www.airwindows.com/graphics/backgrounds/ind ex.html [airwindows.com] - Tiling backgrounds

http://www.airwindows.com/graphics/tiles/index.htm l [airwindows.com] - Window manager tiles, including treatments such as vertically tiling effects and 3D effects, plus stuff like wood tiles with binding like on a guitar

http://www.airwindows.com/graphics/titlebars/index .html [airwindows.com] - Intended as Window Maker titlebars, very likely usable in other WMs as well

http://www.airwindows.com/graphics/webgifs/index.h tml [airwindows.com] - Textured but undistracting 'paper' backgrounds. All available in .xpm as well: designed to be completely compliant with the Web Safe 216 color palette.

Anyone griping about there being gifs should be pleased that at least I don't have Windows .bmps yet ;) well, whatever. I'm sure Enlightenment is going to win or something, but I don't care- I have been fighting for a loan to get an ADAT recorder (to help people record unauthorized music and put out mp3s ;) ) and will keep on doing so. If I win $2000 I pledge I will buy a x86 Linux box to go with my PPC dualboot :)

Cheers, slashdotters. *back to real life*

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412277)

No. Please. Not "forii"! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Best Open Source-Related Book (1)

crackpot (40270) | about 15 years ago | (#1412278)

I'd have to nominate Dee Hock's book Birth of the Chaordic Age. Long before the open-source mantra became the darling of media and big-business Dee Hock founded Visa International, a great example of how "open-source" organizations can be formed for a greater good. This is and was an organization founded on the principles that each of its 22,000 members had the right to collaborate and contribute to Visa (monetary, infrastructure, operating philosophy, etc.) while at the same time competing intensely with each-other in the marketplace. His philosophy, as outlined in this book, clearly details why nearly each public and private institution today (command and control structures from the industrial revolution - read "closed-source) is inherrently sick and why chaordic (read open-source) organizations are the answer to the many societal and environmental ills plaguing our world. Chaordic organizations best reflect the models for organized behavior exhibited in nature.

This is a truly visionary document that takes the open-source message beyond software and technology and applies it to the world around us.

I totally agree with your criticism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412279)

Americans always admire themselves, proclaiming themselves heroes and everything non-American is brainwashed as hostile and coward. The US army is the most coward army in the world. All their so-called technology is based on hiding themselves (Stealth, which was invented by a Russian by the way), stay at long distance (Apache) and not appear at all (unmanned Black Hawk). Why don't you cowards fight like men, instead of acting like wusses that you are?! You're not only coward, but also the most egoistic and snobbish country there is. New Year greets to all countries, except the U.S.!

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412280)


it's fora, anyway. Just like datum/data, etc.

Cactus/cacti, appendix, appendices.

latin is such an annoying language.. but it's much easier than russian!

-karma whore, so posting AC

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412281)

Sure. "Forii" is like "virii".

Grits Boy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412282)

Give Grits Boy all of the money! He's ten times better than all of you losers put together!

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412283)

"Forii" is like "virii".
Only insofar as neither exists. Look up forum [tufts.edu] and see for yourself. And note that where it shows "forum/-i", that doesn't mean that the plural is -i. It means that the nominative singular is -um and the genitive singular is -i. Being a 2nd decl neuter in -um, it went to -a in the nominative plural.

Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412284)

>"Forii" is like "virii".
Only insofar as neither exists.
Fee, fie, foe, fen:
I smell the pen
of a Christiansen.

Re:I totally agree with your criticism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412285)

yes, and guns are the ultimate cowards weapon. Damn bastards can't come and fight hand to hand like a real man.

Re:Open Source - Schmopen Source (1)

sdt (7606) | about 15 years ago | (#1412286)

Don't forget that this isn't news however - it's something different.

I agree that slashdot has for a long while been rather biased towards linux + open source stuff (although that does seem to reflect the main portion of the slashdot readers). But this is not news, it's a really nice thing of Andover.net to give to the Open Source community (which, if you look at the sites they own, seem to be their main target market).

It makes sense that Andover.net choose to give these awards mainly for open-source achievements - they are, after all a business and do have a target market.

Pick me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412287)

I would like to nominate Anonymous Coward to recieve all rewards.

Alright. Who is Carol Cleveland? (2)

slothbait (2922) | about 15 years ago | (#1412288)

...I can't find any information on this person

Slashdot throwing money around? Remember back when Malda was a poor college kid? My how thing have changed.


Re:We need more posters like you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412289)

Um, could I get an English translation to that garbledy gook?

Misspellers Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412290)

I would like to nominate Anonymous Coward to recieve all rewards.
Only the Misspellers Anonymous award, eh? :-)

Re:best dressed, silly :-) (1)

Vagary (21383) | about 15 years ago | (#1412291)

Wouldn't best dressed be best awarded by a gift certificate to CopyLeft? Perhaps a retroactive one?

Unsung Hero (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412292)

Unsung Hero - Donald Becker. This guy is the lone wolf of the /usr/src/linux/net/* tree. I mean you can't swing a dead cat around linux networking documentation without hitting his name. Not to mention I see his name damn near every time my machine machine's boots (network driver credits).

Re:A contest designed for Red Hat, Debian, and GNO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412293)

I, for one, will not be voting for this very reason.
Umm... if you don't vote, how the hell do you expect ANY of your "groups" to get dick in the way of support?
If you don't vote, your cause will have one less vote. If everyone behind your cause doesn't vote, then your cause gets no votes. Seems simple to me. Why not nominate whoever it is you want to see win, THEN vote for them. If they lose, whine some more, THEN, as you so elequently put it, go pound sand.

Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412294)

If the choice is between being:
A. a live coward, standing amid the smoking ruins of your cities, listening to the wailing of your orphaned children while my attack drones sweep overhead searching for survivors to terminate.
OR B. a dead hero, lying in a bloody pool after being hacked to pieces by an axe.

. . . I'll choose A every time. Cowardice is in the eye of the loser . . .

Once again, the linux bias is in full glory (2)

Hoe (7045) | about 15 years ago | (#1412295)

it has been obvious for a long time, that when the writers on slashdot think opensource, they are actually just thinking linux. and this is why i have been reading slashdot less and less, and will certinaly not be wasting my time voting on these stupid categorys.

where is the support for the tiny, just starting out, os's? why do the writers for slasdot still keep disilusioning themselves that linux is best for EVERYTHING, when it clearly is not? (infact, nothing is)

Clue Stick Award for FUD in Journalism (1)

termite666 (101297) | about 15 years ago | (#1412296)

1.For Incompetence above and beyond call of normal yellow journalism. 2.For piss poor trade show with almost no new technology (Networld+Interop 99 )both Atlanta and Las Vegas,do yourself a favor sell the shows to IDG , Linux world is better. 3.For 24x7 Fud on Zdtv. I nominate Ziff Davis. The multi function fud media masters. p.s ZD should have left Softbank alone

Re:Alright. Who is Carol Cleveland? (2)

lordsutch (14777) | about 15 years ago | (#1412297)

I'm pretty sure she was the main female on Monty Python; see her Everything [slashdot.org] entry. You can also see her filmography at IMDB [imdb.com] .

Oh no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 15 years ago | (#1412298)

I just pooped my pants!

And the answer is . . . (2)

gnarphlager (62988) | about 15 years ago | (#1412299)

Carol Cleveland was the girl who was part of the Monty Python troupe. According to the bio from the Flying Circus card set (hey, if I wasn't a geek, I wouldn't be here!!!)

Carol was born in London but moved to America at age five. She was schooled in Texas and California before returning to England in 1960 to study at R.A.D.A. Her early tv credits include The Saint, The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and the comidies Doctors at Large, Father Dear Father and The Two Ronnies.
Aside from her appearances in the Monty Python's Flying Circus series for BBC, she has been featured in all the Python films, stage shows and record albums, becoming known as The Python Girl
More recently she has been seen in Are You Being Served? and Only Fools and Horses. She has done much stage work, covering a wide variety of comedy drama and pantomimes. She has also written and performed her own one-woman show entitled Carol Cleveland Reveals All, an autobiographical and humorous look at the glamour business.

and now you know the rest of the story ;-)

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