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Call For Open Source Awards 2008 Nominations

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the singing-the-unsung dept.

Software 58

chromatic writes "Google and O'Reilly have published the Call For Open Source Awards 2008 Nominations. These awards, given at OSCON 2008, recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of open source software. The nomination process is open to the entire open source community, and nominations close on May 15. Here's your chance to sing the praises of previously unsung hackers."

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pfsense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208054)

http://www.pfsense.org

First Post (0, Troll)

joNDoty (774185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208062)

I hacked the first post system. Nominate me!

Re:First Post (2, Funny)

joNDoty (774185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208080)

Argh! Looks like I still have a few bugs to work out...

You Fail It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208176)

You fail it. Better luck next year.

Re:First Post (1)

fanblade (863089) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208188)

Proof that releasing your source code makes it worthless?

(farewell, sweet karma)

Requested Category (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208074)

They're missing a category for the "It's a Trap! Award" as I would like to nominate The Prince of Darkness for his work with OOXML 'community acceptance.'

Re:Requested Category (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208154)

The Prince of Darkness
Hang on, how did Bob Novak get involved in this?

Re:Requested Category (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23210092)

The Prince of Darkness
Hang on, how did Bob Novak get involved in this?

I thought he meant Ozzy Osbourne

Theo De Raadt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208084)

How about Theo de Raadt?

Re:Theo De Raadt (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211608)

Probably a bad idea. I heard he's planning to fork the ceremony later on.

Balmer and Gates (5, Interesting)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208204)

I nominate Steve Balmer and Bill Gates, in the last month they have done more to promote the concept of alternative operating systems than anyone else in the market. Bill by saying the next Windows is out next year and Steve by saying that Vista is a work in progress. Without the sterling work of these two men in hampering Microsoft it would be much harder for Open Source software in the corporate world.

Re:Balmer and Gates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208690)

Although I know that you mean that satirically - I hope you know that you're deluded for even coming up with the idea that these two possibly somewhat smart but entirely corrupt people have reversed any trends or attitudes towards their bug ridden, and overall generally flawed software.

No discussion... (4, Insightful)

mebrahim (1247876) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208238)

I vote for Vista.

Re:No discussion... (4, Insightful)

JohnBailey (1092697) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208290)

I vote WGA. The process that gave me the final push to move to Linux.

Re:No discussion... (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210224)

If I could put you past a five, I would.

It didn't bring me to linux, but it did kill my dual booting days.

Mark Shuttleworth (4, Insightful)

k33l0r (808028) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208282)

I nominate Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame. Ubuntu has done more to promote a desktop Linux than any other distro before.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (0, Flamebait)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208366)

For PR or actual software?

I loathe Ubuntu, and most everything about it. However, he does a good job promoting his product, even if the product itself isn't very good.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (1)

chubs730 (1095151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208744)

The PR, hence "promotion". But I'm not sure why you would loathe a distro, what's your issue with ubuntu?

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (4, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208860)

I'm all about Gentoo myself, but my wife decided to give Linux a go so we tried several distros. We tried Kubuntu on her laptop with 7.10 I believe.

Out of the box there were no codecs and all that, which I wasn't shocked by, but I was routinely assaulted on the forums and chat room for even asking about them. How dare you install non-free software! Convert your 20 gig library of mp3's to ogg!

She had an ATI Card in her laptop, and I wanted to show her compiz. There isn't a free driver that provides 3D acceleration for her card. The instructions I found via Google said to use a restricted modules manager that didn't exist. I found later you can install it seperately, but that module doesn't ship with the distro. Again, I was routinely assaulted for even asking how to install the ATI driver. The traditional install methods work on every other distro, but fail on *buntu. I got it working after pulling out much hair.

Next, several software programs that shipped by default with the distro were just broken. Kicker and Konqui crashed all the time. I submitted bug reports and was informed I either didn't know how to use the apps (clearly, I don't know how to use kicker, though I have zero issues with in on Gentoo) or that my problem was using a x86_64 build which weren't "officially" supported, despite the fact that they are official releases, and you can get LTS support for x86_64 releases. I wonder what Mark would say about his mods saying x86_64 isn't official.

To boot, we never got wireless working on her laptop, not once. I wanted to install madwifi, and try a different kernel. I downloaded the mm source, but there were no build tools. I was searching for the right packages, and again was assualted for asking. "You should never attempt to compile anything! That is only for devs! Never touch the kernel! What are you thinking!" There was no nice meta-package I found that pulled in a complete toolchain. But I got all the packages I needed eventually. But when I booted my -mm kernel, it wouldn't load synaptics, ati driver, etc. because I lacked a restricted modules package specific for my kernel uname. I googled and asked repeatedly, and no one would help with how to produce this package myself.

I installed Suse, and wireless worked out of the box. I tried a few distros, and my wife eventually settled on Sabayon, where everything worked out of the box.

However, not only did Kubuntu have horrible packages that were broken, it had by far the worse default KDE desktop I saw. It also lacked the standard features that Mark was currently pimping for the Ubuntu release, because they are quite slow trying to work those features in Kubuntu.

Fedora, Suse and all the other big boys have custom theming for both their Gnome and KDE desktops. Suse has been providing some great patches, backporting stuff from KDE 4.1 trunk, etc.

Ubuntu says, this is what you're getting. Don't think about installing anything non-free, don't mess with packages, don't touch the kernel, live with the default, and like it!

I actually had a mod suggest to me that I should divorce my wife because she bought a laptop that wasn't 100% supported by free drivers. That's a great community.

However, if you'd like I can really go into some lengthy rants about 1,000 things wrong with Ubuntu.

Do not offend (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209102)

You are a whiny, lazy, lying, sack of shit. That's a nice story you came up with to bash the new kid on the block though. Why are some people so offended by Ubuntu?

Re:Do not offend (2, Funny)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209116)

So says anonymous coward.

Almost everything in my post is easily verifiable.

For the record, I don't take kindly to being called a liar by someone who is not only full of shit themselves, but also unwilling to post under their own name.

Re:Do not offend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23210504)

So says Mr. Flaimbait.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (2, Interesting)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209134)

While i agree ubuntu dont do much for kubuntu, kubuntu isnt that bad.
Apart from trying kde4 when it was experimental ive never come across a broken package
Installing mp3 support was simply sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-something, which google answered didnt even have to ask.
Restricted-manager-kde also solved all my wifi/ati problems without a problem. I then went on to google and install the latest ATI drivers without any problems

The comunity are usually quite helpful, ofc there's always somebody thats trying to help/stupid and gives bad advice, but aslong as you
1) Dont arrive complaining about ubuntu, instead ask how to fix the problem
2) Dont claim 300 years of windows/mac/gentoo experience
3) Google for really obvious stuff
they will normally help a fair amount.

Sure some people get easily annoyed and will just refuse to give you actual help but generally the response your talking about is unseen.

On the otherhand ive been thinking of switching to gentoo for a while, but on my old PC the install took so long that i could have installed ubuntu 2/3 times, each distro has pros and cons, just because Kubuntu wasnt for you dosnt mean it sucks.

On the otherhand complaining that both gentoo and ubuntu dont contribute as much as Redhat/novell is a valid point

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (0, Flamebait)

QCompson (675963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210840)

I actually had a mod suggest to me that I should divorce my wife because she bought a laptop that wasn't 100% supported by free drivers. That's a great community.
Does your sarcasm detector run on Kubuntu too? Because it's broken.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210956)

No, it was quite a back and forth. He said something like, "it serves you right for not buying hardware that has 100% free drivers."

I said, "well, I try to buy hardware with Linux in mind, but my wife bought this laptop before she decided to switch to Linux."

He told me I was stupid for marrying her if she didn't know what to buy, and that I should divorce her.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (2, Insightful)

bobtodd (189451) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212356)

Links or it didn't happen.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213996)

It was a series of PM's on the Ubuntu forums.

I'm going to log into the Ubuntu and Kubuntu forums and see what I can find from messages posted publicly, but I ran into crap in the irc channels, and both forums repeatedly. I reported one post for flaming, and that is when a mod started ripping into me repeatedly through a PM.

I'm the only enderandrew on the internet, and any Google search will show the countless forums I'm registered on. I never run into problems with moderators. I'm not full of shit, and I really don't care for people calling me a liar.

If you're 100% convinced there aren't any fanatical asshats in the Ubuntu community about everything 100% free, you apparently haven't read up anything on Gobuntu, or how they even blast Firefox for not being free.

Here you can see one of my requests for help. I used Google first, I was polite, and I asked questions.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=485527 [ubuntuforums.org]

I forgot some of the other problems I had right off the bat, like the touchpad not working well, couldn't install a samba shared printer in KDE, and OpenOffice being horribly slow. Again, didn't have those problems on other distros.

The people who responded with any attempt at helpful information I thanked and was very polite.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (2, Insightful)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208376)

either that or your linux is ready? Sure he did alot, but the biggest 2 projects causing linux adoptions have to be
firefox & compiz

mark, may have made a great distro that got alot of limelight, but the fast is that he just happens to have jumped on board at a very good time, ubuntu has done very little that isnt just tying loose ends together, very little high quality coding.

Ubuntu may be many things but it has not "demonstrated exceptional creativity, and collaboration in the development of open source software."

That has to go to novel or redhat for their efforts, now if only they would stop developing groupware and get me laid!*

*before some idiot mods me down, that's a JWZ reference not flamebait(that's flamebait)

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209068)

ubuntu has done very little that isnt just tying loose ends together
Tying the loose ends together is one of the most important parts. It's also the part that is the hardest to get open source programmers to do because there's a large disconnect between what's easy for them and what's easy for the average user.

Re:Mark Shuttleworth (1)

inflex (123318) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209444)

...ubuntu has done very little that isnt just tying loose ends together, very little high quality coding.
And that's precisely the stuff that most coders don't bother to finish off. A lot of open-source projects are written to scratch an itch and when that 'itch' is scratched sufficiently the coder generally stops. The trouble is, the point where the itch stops and the point where software is usable to a more widespread audience (beyond people who live/work with similar stuff) is usually not the same. So if all that Ubuntu does is add a bit of spit/polish to bring it up to shine then that's still worth having.

PostgreSQL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23208326)

I'm a big fan of PostgreSQL [postgresql.org] , the most advanced open source database server. For the small to medium sized production facility (about 50 employees) where I do both administration and development, postgres running on Slackware is a perfect fit. It's almost a joy to administer.

Nominations (3, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208360)

Best Kernel Hacker - Andrew Morton (-mm kernel line)
Best Project Leader - Aaron Sergio (KDE 4)

Re:Nominations (2, Informative)

SL Baur (19540) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208830)

Andrew Morton can't be nominated - he's a Google employee. He'd be perfect choice if he were eligible.

Re:Nominations (1)

QCompson (675963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210934)

Best Project Leader - Aaron Sergio (KDE 4)
Really? Despite the debacle which was the KDE4 release (but not really the release-release)?

Re:Nominations (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211002)

Why was it a debacle? They said for months upfront that it wouldn't have full feature parity with KDE 3.5.x at the 4.0 mark.

Did it load? Was it horribly broken?

Most of the core stuff was there and working fairly well for such a large refactoring. Obviously, tons of bugs have been squashed since the 4.0 release, but any major release of that magnitude will have some bugs, unless you are Google and just leave something in beta for years and years.

Then you're just in semantics on what you call a release.

How many lives of code are in the KDE SVN? He designed the concept of Plasma, designed a complete refactoring, did a bunch of coding himself, did a bunch of PR, changed the build system, and largely rebuilt KDE from the ground up. That is no small task given the time frame. The fact that there is a very stable KDE 4 desktop literally a few months after the 4.0 release said they got it mostly right. To top it all off, at the same time he was also developing Mac OS X and Windows ports from the ground up as well.

I have been critical of a few things (Plasma's website over promised a revolution, when the interface itself isn't that revolutionary yet, though it has the potential via Plasma, and I loathe Kickoff) but KDE 4 has so many new things to offer at once.

Sonnet
Decibel
Plasma
Phonon
Multi-platform releases
Tenor
Oxygen
Built-in composite effects
Nepomuk/Strigi
New apps

Oh, and here is the real kicker. KDE 4 offers tons of new features and technology, and they rushed through it quickly, rewriting largley from the ground up, yet it is more efficient that KDE 3.5.9, which they've had years to tweak and optimize. KDE 4.1 is already promising to be faster and leaner than KDE 4.0

Name one other project of that magnitude that pulled off a release like that this year.

I'd say that qualifies him for best project manager of the year.

Re:Nominations (1)

QCompson (675963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211128)

Then you're just in semantics on what you call a release.
I'm stuck on semantics on what a release should be called? The various explanations offered by the KDE developers after the fact was pure marketing drivel ("KDE 4.0 is not KDE4" for example). What they released in January I'd be doing a favor by calling a developer release.

How many lives of code are in the KDE SVN? He designed the concept of Plasma, designed a complete refactoring, did a bunch of coding himself, did a bunch of PR, changed the build system, and largely rebuilt KDE from the ground up. That is no small task given the time frame. The fact that there is a very stable KDE 4 desktop literally a few months after the 4.0 release said they got it mostly right. To top it all off, at the same time he was also developing Mac OS X and Windows ports from the ground up as well.
Perhaps there was too much on his plate. At the very least he should have cut back on some of the PR and hype leading up to the release.

Name one other project of that magnitude that pulled off a release like that this year. I'd say that qualifies him for best project manager of the year.
KDE4 is indeed an impressive project. But it may have been better received, and more easily adopted, if there wasn't a management decision to release it so early before many of the components were usable (i.e. plasma). That management decision, in my opinion, was a poor one, which is why I would say he is not qualified to be the best project manager of the year.

Re:Nominations (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211204)

Then you're just in semantics on what you call a release
I'm quoting you, quoting me and all, but I wasn't assaulting you specifically. In context, I was saying if you call something a beta for years, rather than ever have a release, then that is just semantics. Google updates their code and services all the time. People keep suggesting that KDE should have called 4.0 something other than a release, but again, it is just semantics.

Aaron was quite clear, repeatedly on what the release was and wasn't.

And saying that 4.0 doesn't fully represent everything that 4 will be isn't drivel. Apparently you didn't use KDE 3.0 or KDE 2.0

As for releasing it, you don't know what bugs you have until people use the product to an extent. KDE 4 went through alpha and beta builds, but got far more bug reports when people used it after release.

Not to mention that releasing it meant getting public attention to attract new developers. Since release, plenty of developers have jumped on the Plasma bandwagon, fixing bugs, adding features, and developing widgets. If KDE 4 was still a low-profile beta, that likely wouldn't be the case.

Re:Nominations (1)

QCompson (675963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211318)

People keep suggesting that KDE should have called 4.0 something other than a release, but again, it is just semantics.
It's just semantics until a school or business that isn't privy to the KDE team's reshuffling of release definitions tries to install what is called a final release and discovers that it is still not feature complete and has lots of bugs.

And saying that 4.0 doesn't fully represent everything that 4 will be isn't drivel. Apparently you didn't use KDE 3.0 or KDE 2.0
Huh. Seem a tad strange then that there was controversy about KDE4's release, since everyone apparently is on the same page as to what constitutes a .0 final release. I suppose every "final" release is really only intended for early adopters or as a sort of technology preview. Like Firefox 3.0, when it comes out of beta, will no doubt only be intended for early adopters and developers.

As for releasing it, you don't know what bugs you have until people use the product to an extent. KDE 4 went through alpha and beta builds, but got far more bug reports when people used it after release.
True, the KDE4 team probably had no idea that the panel couldn't be resized or that desktop icons weren't functioning properly before they pushed out the final release. This is what final releases are for though, right? For early adopters to discover bugs and report back to the developers? That sounds suspiciously like another release term I used to hear that started with a B...

Re:Nominations (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211530)

I don't believe a single distro shipped with 4.0 as the default, though I believe Fedora 9 will ship with 4.0.3 and will be the first to use a 4 series as default, which means you had to go out of your way to install KDE 4.

The KDE 4 website says quite clearly that it hasn't reached full feature parity and isn't ready for everyday use for everyone.

I'm not sure what isn't clear about that.

And who said the release was final? They are releasing new versions every three weeks right now. Seems far from final.

Re:Nominations (1)

QCompson (675963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211666)

The KDE 4 website says quite clearly that it hasn't reached full feature parity and isn't ready for everyday use for everyone.
Where? http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.0/ [kde.org]

From that page: "KDE 4.0 is the innovative Free Software desktop containing lots of applications for every day use as well as for specific purposes."

And who said the release was final? They are releasing new versions every three weeks right now. Seems far from final.
Well, by that definition, a software release is never final.

Also from the release page: "The KDE Community is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of KDE 4.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era..." Sounds like a release for users to me, not some sort of preview or developer's release.

What might be more fun (4, Funny)

niceone (992278) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208452)

What might be more fun would be one for the worst OSS developers - there could be categories for least notice taken of user requirements, best flaming of dumb newbie questions on the support forums, most hostile to new developers joining the team...

I'm too polite to nominate anyone though.

Re:What might be more fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211224)

Pidgin, ??, Pidgin

I nominate Steve Ballmer (0, Redundant)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208480)

For giving us Windows Vista.

 

Re:I nominate Steve Ballmer (2, Interesting)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 6 years ago | (#23208534)

and yet, what I find intriguing is OSS has capitalised on this "failure" exactly 0% with regards to desktop coverage; or no noticeable difference anyhow.

Apple may have gotten more popular because of Vista, but I've not seen any figures to suggest OSS is making any dents in the Windows market.

Not reading your messages? (2, Interesting)

symbolset (646467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209142)

and yet, what I find intriguing is OSS has capitalised on this "failure" exactly 0% with regards to desktop coverage; or no noticeable difference anyhow.

If you have read your messages I know you've seen these figures:

Windows sinks 24% [bloomberg.com]

The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24 percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines Corp.

PC Shipments up 12% [thestreet.com]

Overall, PC shipments in the first quarter increased 12.3% compared with the first quarter of 2007, according to Gartner, despite fears that souring economic conditions might pinch PC sales.

This gap is about 1/3 of the market. Apple's computer sales are up 50%, but as you note their numbers are well counted and can't account for a gap this large. Those computers shipped with some OS on them. What was it?

eWeek, which I've always regarded as a loyal Microsoft fan, has declared Ubuntu ready to take on Windows [eweek.com] . I think you'll find that's where the missing numbers are, though Redhat is doing well too as is Asus with their eee and myriad others.

Now you can't deny you've seen the figures.

Keep twisting those numbers (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211180)

Again, at best you've proved that Windows popularity has fallen and that Linux "could make inroads". "Could", if for example, it started selling [slashdot.org] .

Mac sales are up true, in the US mainly [nytimes.com] and this has slightly dented Vista sales.

Now, i'm not going to be disingenuous here; the OLPC and the eePC are doing well; almost in their own category, but even they run Windows now.

And what of the server end? Well, Windows seems to be gaining there too [eweek.com] ; let's be honest, if there's one area Windows could do better in, it's the server.

And you know what, I hope Linux does do better in the desktop to be honest. FireFox was one hell of a kick up the arse for Microsoft, and we all resulted in better browsing experiences for everyone because of it. Something similar in the desktop arena won't be unappreciated, but, putting it politely, progress is slow in that area right now.

When you can give me hard evidence desktop Linux is installed even at 5% market share globally, then you may be onto something.

I'm really enjoying this. (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212238)

Again, at best you've proved that Windows popularity has fallen and that Linux "could make inroads". "Could", if for example, it started selling.

Cute. You got Walmart to stop selling linux in stores. Nobody cares. Walmart.com is open 24/7 and they offer three different kinds of Linux on 24 different platforms. Wanna try again?

Mac sales are up true, in the US mainly and this has slightly dented Vista sales.

Up 50% quarter over year ago, if you don't mind, and it hasn't slightly dented Vista sales. Vista has driven customers to it. Don't you get it? This still doesn't explain your loss of 1/3 of your 90% market share. That's not bleeding. That's hemorraging.

And what of the server end? Well, Windows seems to be gaining there too; let's be honest, if there's one area Windows could do better in, it's the server.

Actually if there's one area Windows could be doing better in, it's supercomputing where linux owns 85% of the space [top500.org] .

On the server side if you could find a way to sell server operating systems to Google you might make a dent. Maybe you'll have a better chance with Yawho? though, because I really don't see you making any inroads with the Google. Server 2003 isn't horrible. Server 2008 isn't bad. Neither of them is Open and that's the death of them. How many parked pages you can buy to geek your numbers on Netcraft isn't fooling anybody since 2005. Oh, Hey, did DHS fix that nasty SQL injection bug that had IIS serving malware to all of your Windows clients? Us Linux users don't worry about such nonsense of course, but I'm worried about some of my customers who are still afflicted with IE.

Now, i'm not going to be disingenuous here; the OLPC and the eePC are doing well; almost in their own category, but even they run Windows now.

If those items had actually shipped in the first quarter you might have a point. Since they didn't, you've defeated yourself. Those items became popular with Linux and any way Microsoft can corrupt them is not going to change the fact that they became popular under Linux. Will they be popular with XP? We will see. They will never run Vista well and it's two years before you can offer anything better. You had better really bring your A game on that day, because Compiz is kicking your butt all over Youtube right now.

There's lies, damned lies..... (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 6 years ago | (#23220900)

...and then there's the trash you write on slashdot.

I expect we could keep throwing links and at each other all week long, so i'll cut this one short...see my last statement above from my previous comment.

Until then, I'm sure someone here will listen to your rantings.

Re:Keep twisting those numbers (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212666)

What's the point of XP on an eePC ? .. I know you had all these die hards that got them with Linux, and then became elite hackers by installing XP on them.. whoopdy do.. and now they can be purchased with XP.. still what does it offer that's better ?.. nothing.. in fact the cooler "mod" is to install compiz, with say eeXubuntu, and get some desktop effects.

nonsense (2, Informative)

zogger (617870) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209604)

The Asus eeePC is a runaway smash hit and all the first versions shipped with linux. Which means they weren't vista. That's more than 0%. Granted, they are dragging out some sort of XP training bra version to fit it in for some people, but the first foray was pure linux. (for this observation I will take a minilaptop as part of joe consumers personal home computers, which is what I think you meant, that market)

Re:I nominate Steve Ballmer (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211164)

How would one get such figures?

I would like to nominate Freenet (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209098)

As the worst Open Source project ever devised. Ten years and its still beta software. I guess that qualifies it for the Vaporware Award of the decade as well. And its written in Java. (cold sweat covers body)

Nominations (1)

evolutionary (933064) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209114)

I'd like to nominate Developers for MS Office 2007. If it weren't for them and the OOXML (docx) format thousands of people wouldn't be trying out OpenOffice out of frusation. They got me to try out OpenOffice 3 Beta when someone sent me a docx document. It worked Great!

ho8o (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209944)

same worthless paranoid conspiracy *bSD but FreeBSD

Eric S. Raymond (1)

morrison (40043) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211212)

Given this is an open source award, one TLA immediately comes to mind: ESR.

I nominated Eric S. Raymond for his outreach and community efforts in making open source a well-defined, understood, and established. ESR has been a prominent voice and force in the open source movement, he co-founded the Open Source Initiative, helped with the release of the Mozilla code as open source, and continues to contribute to various open source projects directly including X11, Battle for Wesnoth, Emacs, Fetchmail, Freeciv, and more.

Re:Eric S. Raymond (1)

Moe1975 (885721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211558)

I agree wholeheartedly.

As far as his personality, let the geek/nerd/hacker with the super pleasant personality cast the first stone.

I admire him and his work a great deal, and find that it speaks for itself.

Moe

Re:Eric S. Raymond (1)

chromatic (9471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211738)

That'd be ironic; ESR's one of the people who organized the previous incarnation of the Open Source Awards, of which I understand some recipients never in fact received their promised awards.

I vote for the creators and maintainers of rsync (1)

Marrow (195242) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213946)

Wow, what a great program.
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