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New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the dust-off-directors'-chairs-and-hats dept.

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LinuxScribe writes "From Apple's ubiquitous 'I'm a Mac,' to Jerry Seinfeld, to Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' retort, operating system commercials have been flooding the airways. Except that Linux is the one OS that has been notably absent. Now the Linux Foundation is launching a video contest on their new video site to fill this void. The winner gets a trip to Tokyo next year to participate in the Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium, and some serious geek cred." The contest doesn't officially open until late January; the blog post has an email address to contact if you want to get a head start.

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Fuck! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189133)

Frosty piss motherfucker!

I vote for Rodney McKay (3, Interesting)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189143)

I vote for Rodney McKay

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189219)

You think he most resembles an operating system?
Or the actor portraying him does it in a computer-like fashion?

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (3, Insightful)

PolarBearFire (1176791) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189249)

You mean you want an arrogant obnoxious know-it-all fictional character to play the part of Linux?

Why can't we just pick a hot nekkid chick?

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (1, Interesting)

robertjw (728654) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189295)

Ok, Rodney McKay and his girlfriend Kaylee.

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (1)

yahooglesoft (1381239) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189331)

Rodney McKay is in dating with the doctor of Atlantis, Jennifer Come on geek, keep up with the episodes!

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (1)

KarrdeSW (996917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189485)

Rodney McKay is in dating with the doctor of Atlantis, Jennifer Come on geek, keep up with the episodes!

The actress playing Jennifer is probably burned permanently into his mind because of Firefly, where her character was named Kaylee.

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (3, Insightful)

tacarat (696339) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189557)

Can we nominate just Kaylee instead?

Re:I vote for Rodney McKay (4, Funny)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189519)

Sorry dude the casting is done [koroded.net] .

Script: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189147)

Big dumb nigger: "Wussup, i'm Windows."

scrwany Asian geek: "And I'm Linux!"

Big dumb nigger: "Don't be fooled by my size, I be really slow and stupid."

scrwany Asian geek: "I'm boring but I can do math very well."

Big dumb nigger: "I don't say much because more people, especially women, use me because I got a real big dick."

scrwany Asian geek: "I make more efficient use of my time because I drink tea and eat rice instead of fried chicken and chitterlings.

Big dumb nigger: "But bitches also like me better cuz I brightly-colored like a wata'melon. Mmmm, wata'melon.

scrwany Asian geek: "yeah, but Blacks and the people who use them have a higher incidence of viruses and other STD's. If I touched a black, my disk would fall off!"

Big dumb nigger: "Yeah, check dis out, this is O.G.L.B.
Knowhatimsayin? Im on my little O.G.! Warren G:
And he just droppin' this to let you B.G.'s know
Whats happen, yall got to recognize
Cause this a Long Beach thang,
21st street, but check this out
G gonna go out there, yaknowhatimsayin?
And handle that shit now? Yeeah.

Stink Different.

Novell already did this (5, Insightful)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189157)

Novell has already done this in several viral videos, just do a youtube search. The Linux foundation no doubt has less funding than Novell, so they should partner up on this and get a commercial out together, since Novell not only has experience/material on this, but a viable pitch as well what with the woman being Linux and more creative/better than the PC/Mac representatives.

And honestly, why are they still beating this whole "I'm a $PLATFORM" bit death rather than creating a new pitch, as Apple will undoubtably do once everyone has parodied their commercial to death.

Script (3, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189163)

(big)Hi, I'm a PC.

(med mac)Hi, I'm a mac.

(flea linux)I'm Linux!

(big pc)Let's talk about servers.

PC shrinks, mac grows, but Linux takes over 90% of the scale

(linux)Hey! Where did you guys go?

Re:Script (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189221)

I'm sorry, that was just terrible.

Re:Script (5, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189265)

You're welcome. Maybe you would prefer the alternate version where PC has leprosy, and server share drops off.

Troll? Really? (1, Troll)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189347)

Moderator, do you really think the parent is a troll?

Server share for Windows really is low, and dropping off [netcraft.com] . Netcraft confirms it.

OOh (-1, Offtopic)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189405)

You guys have mod points. It's a good thing I'm immune.

Nice try though.

Re:OOh (0, Offtopic)

Zencyde (850968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189501)

Offtopic but WTF? Someone is really out to get you. Some nice moderator should mod you back up. Unless you're Twitter... In which case, nevermind.

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How did they brainwash him?...simple!
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Re:OOh (0, Offtopic)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189677)

I'm definitely not twitter. I am his fan, though. Yes, I've been identified as one of the people who have to be silenced if W7 has a hope of acceptance. I'm a voice of reason, and I've offered many of the base arguments against Vista, including: Why?

Twitter is the zealot I was once. He's coming to a more moderate stance gradually, as is proper. In the mean time he gives an outer bound to the acceptable scope of zeal. In the process he is instructive, informative, and useful. He finds links the less motivated would overlook, and he manages to get them posted to the main page. If it were not for him we would not know about a lot of really negative stuff. Twitter is useful even in his foolishness. We owe him a lot even if we don't accept his M$ usages. More importantly, he has the time to seek out references and offences that I do not.

If /. can't find a way to override the moderation of Hindi call centers, its day is done. I hope Cmdr Taco happens to read this. Vox populi is effective as long as it's not purchased by Vox Cash. I'm looking at 4 troll mods for my last 4 posts and thinking, "do I need this?".

Re:OOh (-1, Troll) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189685)

We've had some shithead mods in the past couple of months. Don't appreciate any good commentary at all, and if you ever get mod points, make sure you appreciate /. and its memes or else just go mod idle all day.

That said, FUCK THE MODS, DUMB MOTHER FUCKERS CAN'T MOD FOR SHIT

Not mods, admins (0, Offtopic)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189705)

Does anybody here care enough to have a look at this? Please? If you don't, you're done.

Troll?? WTH? (1, Interesting)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189563)

That was not a troll. At worst it was a funny. Has /. moderation been taken over by Redmond?

Linux share of the Top500 [top500.org] is 87.8%. Linux share keeps growing [practical-tech.com] .

Somebody is trying to use the /. moderation system to hide the truth. Please mod them down.

The iPhone App Store ads are more telling (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189169)

You know those ads where they show the iPhone going at impossible speeds and then say "this is going to change everything"? Well, "normal" people are shocked at those ads because they've never seen a package manager. The idea of being able to search a huge list of apps and install with one click is new to them. And, of course, the fact that you have to pay for these apps isn't shown in the ad.

Re:The iPhone App Store ads are more telling (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189377)

And, of course, the fact that you have to pay for these apps isn't shown in the ad.

In the ads that show the app store in use, it looks like Apple is pretty clear in calling it the App store. I think that should be a hint that they might be pay-for apps. Not only that, even in the 320p ad clips on the Apple site, it's easy to read the prices for a given app. When an app is selected, the button with the price is shown before the person taps it, then the buttons says "buy now" then the person taps again.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/gallery/ads/ [apple.com]

Ex post facto? (1)

papna (1242200) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189183)

Incidentally, there's already several funny parody videos involving the "I'm Linux" guy that have been circulating for a good while now. YouTube it!

Re:Ex post facto? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189459)

Incidentally, there's already several funny parody videos involving the "I'm Linux" guy that have been circulating for a good while now. YouTube it!

Wait, those are supposed to be funny? I thought they were going for tragedy. Of the eye-rolling variety.

Script (-1, Flamebait)

steelcobra (1042808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189191)

Mac/PC ad freezes, nerdy looking guy walks in front.

"And hi!, I'm linux. I'm free, unlike these guys. And I've been configured to run on just about any hardware!

"As long as you don't care about using all the software these guys use, and are willing to deal with no real customer service, I'm a great alternative! I admit that unlike with these guys I don't easily work with the hardware you already have...

"Ummm...I'm really best in a server...en..vironment..." (trails off)

Walks off with head down.

Re:Script (5, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189513)

I admit that unlike with these guys I don't easily work with the hardware you already have...

Oh come on, that's needlessly harsh, and not funny. It's not even correct. Does OS X work with the hardware I already own? Does Windows Vista?

Take an Ubuntu 8.04 install CD, and try booting it on "the hardware you already have". In my experience, it will Just Work on just about any computer from the past few years. (An Ubuntu 8.10 install CD will probably work also, but I have seen that fail to work on a laptop... some drivers issue. 8.04 is the "Long Term Support" version, and extra care was taken to make it stable, so that's slightly better for Just Working.)

Ubuntu will do a better job of Just Working on "the hardware you already have" than Windows Vista! 1 GB of RAM is plenty for Ubuntu, and while it might be enough for Vista, I have heard that it's not "plenty". (Supposedly you really want to have at least 2 GB.) Semi-lame graphics cards are fine for Ubuntu, including the desktop bling, where Vista will run in some kind of fallback mode unless your card supports programmable shaders.

If a user can be happy with just a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, email program, web browser (with Flash support), instant messenger, photo viewer, photo editor, music player, and a few light games such as a minesweeper game, then that user can be happy with Ubuntu, nearly out of the box. (For the music player, you will probably want to install the extra codecs such as MP3 that are not installed by default.)

An average user might not be able to install Ubuntu, but will be able to use it if an expert sets it up correctly. An average user might not be able to install Windows, either.

steveha

Re:Script (-1, Flamebait)

steelcobra (1042808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189531)

I'm not an average user, have some odd peripherals, and like to play games. Thus, Windows and decent hardware.

And considering you can get a decent PC for 600 or so now WITH Windows...

As to OSX that's because they refuse to sell the entire OS standalone and support the open-hardware environment.

Ubuntu does not do enough to make me happy.

Re:Script (2, Insightful)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189539)

I'd like to be the first to say - get a sense of humour? For all the fun poked at everything else around here (especially Vista), it makes it really sad to see somebody taking a joke against Linux way too seriously.

Lighten up.

Re:Script (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189809)

A joke that wasn't actually funny. And was trollishly annoying.

Re:Script (-1, Troll)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189627)

Flash.

Until Linux can run Flash as quickly as Windows, it's dead. The End.

Yeah, yeah. It's adobe's fault. Just like it's ATI's fault, or IEEE's fault, or some other vendor or spec body. It's never Linux's fault, is it?

As the saying goes, the only constant in all your failed relationships is you.

This computer is running Ubuntu on a 1.8GHz 512Mb machine. It would barely run until 8.08; Radeon support was shit.

Re:Script (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189579)

So, you call Apple and Microsoft a lot for customer service then? How's that working out for you?

And you're absolutely right about the hardware thing. Apple is very well known for playing nicely with 3rd party hardware. And Vista works like a dream on all my computers.

Re:Script (1)

evilviper (135110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189583)

"As long as you don't care about using all the software these guys use,

99% of computer users in the world don't care whether they can use program X. They just care that they can use SOME program to do Y. So your comment is really splitting hairs in an attempt to make Linux sound worse for no reason. You could equally well have gone the other way and said that you get rid of your "old software" because the "new software" is better, and free.

I admit that unlike with these guys I don't easily work with the hardware you already have...

A stitch in time... As I've said before, with Windows (or MacOS for that matter) sure, you get something that always sort-of minimally makes your hardware work, while you don't always get new hardware working that easily under Linux. Still, after you put that little bit of work into getting your hardware working, it won't spontaneously corrupt the drivers, lose the settings, etc. And you can do far, far more with whatever it is under Linux than you could possibly have under Windows (short of writing your own full-fledged programs from scratch).

Re:Script (5, Insightful)

Americano (920576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189725)

99% of computer users in the world don't care whether they can use program X. They just care that they can use SOME program to do Y.

Actually, no. The vast majority of computer users that do not read /. on a regular basis equate "doing Y" with "program X." If you suddenly drop them in front of a completely unfamiliar interface and say, "But you can still do Y, you just have to adapt to a new interface & way of doing some/many/all things you used to do," you will meet with resistance, irritation, and frustration.

Reasonably sophisticated, computer-savvy users can adapt to new programs pretty quickly, and will even go out in search of a program that does things the way they want. The vast majority of users do not fall in this category. They have their status quo that they've learned to use, and they don't want it to change.

It's this fundamental misunderstanding of the willingness of an "average" computer user to change that fuels so much of Linux's struggle on the desktop.

Re:Script - and, then NetBSD. (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189653)

I'm Linux ... And I've been configured to run on just about any hardware!

Then a toaster [laughingsquid.com] walks up and says, I'm NetBSD, and I run on any hardware...

Here's my concept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189195)

1. Get a hot nude girl.
2. ????
3. Get her to say "I'm Linux"

Re:Here's my concept (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189793)

Yes, nothing says "Linux" like a hot nude girl.

Hi I'm a Linux.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189201)

Hi I'm a driver....

Linux, "Why don't you like me?"

Driver, "Because you don't have enough of a user base."

Linux, "I have millions of users?"

Driver, "Exactly."

Stupid idea (4, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189225)

If it had been done right about the time the Microsoft Ads came out, it would have been okay. Doing it now sends the message that Linux is behind the times and unoriginal. Much like using Jerry Seinfeld years after his TV show was a hit.

Re:Stupid idea (1)

robertjw (728654) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189315)

No, just make sure everyone knows that Linux has been too busy saving the world Buckaroo Bonzai style to bother showing up at the little meetings of PC and Mac.

Re:Stupid idea (1)

Maelwryth (982896) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189761)

Or you could get the final word in.

I had a little vision of this a while back. All done in a dark cartoon form to the soundtrack of Mekong Deltas versions of "The Hut of Baba Yoga" or "Night on Bare Mountain". If you know the songs, you will get the idea.

BSD is dead! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189235)

and this confirms it

Except that Linux is the one OS that has been notably absent

I would have expected a bit more from a slashdot editor.

Distros Cause Spartacus Syndrome (5, Funny)

Sean0michael (923458) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189251)

With all the distros out there vying for this, I'm sure this will end up being like Spartacus.

User: Which one of you is Linux?

Ubuntu: I am Linux!
Gentoo: No, I am Linux!
Red Hat: No, I am Linux!
SuSE: Don't listen to them - I am Linux!
Shouts from Slackware, YellowDog, DamnSmallLinux and thousands of others fill the air.

Re:Distros Cause Spartacus Syndrome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189317)

Apple has one dude for Mac, one for PC. Linux due to its proliferation of distros, should have a whole group of people, tall, short, of every culture and religion. This is a worldwide OS. The video should show one dude saying "I'm a Mac," another saying "I'm a PC" and the whole group of smiling Linux people saying "And we're Linux!" What can you do with Linux? Run a wristwatch, a huge server, a laptop, a phone, a coffee machine, a mixed drinks machine, a zillion things. Somehow the videos need to make it clear that Linux is behind many of the wonderful things around us. I use Ubuntu myself. Ibex is awesome. One video should portray how easily when you want any program, you just click into Synaptic and after about ten seconds it's ready to run. Definitely Linux designed for people.

Re:Distros Cause Spartacus Syndrome (1)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189387)

...And you're entirely missing the point. If you show one video showing how Synaptic works, then you need another video to show how yum works, and another video to show how up2date works, and another video for portage... And don't even get me started on the GUIs. One video for GNOME means one video for KDE which means one video for Xfce which means a video for every goddamn GUI out there.

The Linux community has 500 entirely different ways of doing one little thing. Making an advertisement showing the distro software would either mean a feature-length film encompassing everything, or only mentioning one distro like Ubuntu and pissing off the other 99% of Linux users out there who want their distro advertised, too.

It would be cool if Canonical would put out the ad specifically for Ubuntu. But then every other distro would start to do it and there would be more Linux commercials on TV than people could handle. If you thought seeing ShamWOW! every 5 minutes was annoying...

Re:Distros Cause Spartacus Syndrome (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189455)

It bears too much resemblance to MS's ad, IMHO.

Re:Distros Cause Spartacus Syndrome (1)

Slashdotvagina (1434241) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189675)

Tux: [points to someone behind Steve Jobs] You there! What is your distro?
Random guy: I am Mac OS X, sir.
Tux: [points to another one] And you, what is your distro?
Another one: OS X, sir.
[turns to a third]
Tux: And you?
Third one: Mac OS X.
Tux: [turns around to his people] Linux! WHAT IS YOUR DISTRIBUTION?
Linux: [random cries of Red Hat, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, SuSE, Slackware, YellowDog, DamnSmallLinux... each person a different one]
Tux: [turning to Steve Jobs] You see, old friend? I brought more distros than you did.

Does it have to be open source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189253)

Or can the ad script be closed source... :)

You Haven't Seen the "I'm Linux" TV Ad... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189267)

Because it's only really suitable for radio, if you know what I mean.

OpenVMS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189269)

Geeze, when are people going to start recognizing real operating systems like OpenVMS? It's time those dang marketers give up their inferior OS's and recognize the only software that can truly be recognized as on equal level to human intelligence.

Hello (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189277)

Hi there... I'm Linux. Would you like to take a look at my anatomical chart?

*reveals chart*

See. When you change it...

*draws wings on chart*

... I change to match!

*wings appear*

See?

The contest is over. (5, Informative)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189285)

IBM Won. [youtube.com]

Re:The contest is over. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189369)

Novell [youtube.com] came along...

Re:The contest is over. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189545)

A challenger appears!

Re:The contest is over. (1)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189385)

I'll see your IBM and raise you a Novell [youtube.com]

Re:The contest is over. (1)

Slashdotvagina (1434241) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189755)

I'll see your IBM and raise you a Novell [youtube.com]

You do realize that the concept of "raising" involves presenting something that's actually better? Those cheesy yuk-yuk Novell ads don't even hold a candle to the power and quality of the IBM ad.

marketing (1)

CaptainNerdCave (982411) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189603)

the problem seems to be that joe public doesn't see ibm in best buy or circuit city. most of what ibm offers isn't priced at a point where most buyers would consider it. beyond that, ibm is something that isn't nearly as ubiquitous as apple, windows, microsoft, google, or even yahoo.

i think the biggest hurdle is one that keeps rearing its ugly head: name and brand recognition.

right now may be one of the best chances that linux has to break into the market. most people are sick of vista, they want _inexpensive_ systems that work and are flashy. one upside to linux is that it's free, one downside is that it's free and can't (easily) launch an ad campaign to compete with m$ or apple.

perhaps one of the best ideas would be for a distro to take a big risk and launch a campaign. ubuntu comes to mind just because the ads could mention dell, and it has "just worked" on all of the machines where i've installed it.

TRON GUY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189293)

Where's TRON GUY when you need him?

Not OSs (1)

omnilynx (961400) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189297)

"Mac" and "PC" aren't operating systems. They're hardware platforms. "PC" would include both Windows and Linux, as well as all the other PC-compatible operating systems.

Re:Not OSs (1)

steelcobra (1042808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189357)

If you want to get technical, Apple-, MS-, and Linux-centric hardware are all PCs. Especially now that Apple runs on x86 and the hardware itself doesn't matter.

Re:Not OSs (5, Funny)

centuren (106470) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189679)

The answer, then, should be a Mac / PC ad spinoff where the "Mac" and "PC" start their banter, then "Linux" comes out as a Borg, injects itself into both, and we end up with all three as part of the Linux "community".

I'm lame. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189299)

That is what the contest sounds like.

Behind The Times Much? (0, Troll)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189305)

Linux is finally beginning to implement things that Microsoft and Apple have been doing for years?

Wow! Who would have guessed?

Uh oh, I badmouthed Linux and probably pissed off Richard M. "Jesus Christ Reborn" Stallman. I know I'm going to be modded a troll just for that. But before you hit "Flamebait" and censor me into oblivion, LISTEN. Seriously. This is why 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 are NOT going to be the "Year Of The Linux Desktop"... because all the freetards (to quote Fake Steve) can do is just copy the two big names in the industry. Let's see something original... put that community-minded, many-eyes-on-one-problem mentality to use on advertising and maybe Linux would become a household name to the point where people will actually ASK you about it!

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

tchiseen (1315299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189413)

There's more things that OSX/Windows have copied from Linux Distros then Linux has copied from OSX/Win. This is partially because updates and features make it into Linux upgrades which are released far more frequently then OSX/Win upgrades. ( eg, every 6 months for Ubuntu ).

Marketing is not a product feature (1)

tchiseen (1315299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189427)

Also note that Marketing is NOT a product feature and has nothing to do with the quality of the software represented. I know this may come as a shock to someone like you whose only source of product information is marketing material.

Re:Marketing is not a product feature (2, Insightful)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189533)

Walk up to somebody in your local [insert supermarket here]. Ask them if they use Linux. Ask them if they've HEARD of Linux.

The chances of those two answers being "yes" is going to be low, lower than if you ask about Windows or Mac. Why? Because Microsoft and Apple put their names out there! What does the Linux community do? We make blogs. And give out free CDs. Guess who else gives out free CDs? AOL. Guess what they turn in to? Coasters.

Not everybody cares about their computer as much as you do. Furthermore, non-technical people don't have the time or desire to search the internet and learn all about Linux. Why? Because their Windows/Mac computers work for them and they don't see a need to change. So we need to actively show them why Linux is so great, and do it through the same channels as Microsoft and Apple.

The least effective way to get somebody to do something is to make them go out of their way to do it.

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

SBFCOblivion (1041418) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189441)

So, you accuse the Linux community of copying the 'two big names' (which is debatable) and instead advising them to innovate you suggest they advertise?

Good job.

Also, if anyone mods you flamebait it won't be because you're simply badmouthing Linux but that you're being a douche bag about it.

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189497)

Tell that to the Linux Foundation who would rather put millions into advertising than award millions to the developers who create the next "killer app" for Linux.

You guys want to advertise, I'll give you advice on how to do so. I'm not holding a knife to your throat demanding that you waste your time making a damn commercial, but the Foundation has already expressed their interest in doing so, so you can't talk down to ME as if I came up with the damn idea!

To hell with my Karma.

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

AceofSpades19 (1107875) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189553)

Every time any free software developers do anything that is unorignal, they get flamed for it, look at gimp and kde 4 for examples. They do stuff different and everyone hates them for it

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

AceofSpades19 (1107875) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189561)

err, I mean original, sorry

Re:Behind The Times Much? (1)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189641)

Well then the community needs to become more accepting of originality. I personally love KDE4 and GIMP. Anyone who flames a project for being too "original" or "bleeding-edge" is really retarding the development process and is essentially forcing the Linux community to adapt to an environment of conformity that only serves to push it two steps further behind the competition.

Re:Behind The Times Much? (2)

JonJ (907502) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189645)

Yeah, I mean, just look at virtual desktops! OS X and Windows had those years before Lin... Oh, right, it was actually the other way around. And Windows still haven't got it.

Ubiquitous? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189309)

I don't think it means what you think it means.

Am I really the only one... (1)

ipX (197591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189361)

...besides an AC who thinks this is a lame idea?

Re:Am I really the only one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189493)

Hell no, this is really, really lame. I wish the winning ad should be something that doesn't even mention that stupid original ad. Besides comparing a kernel to operating systems is a pretty strange thing to do anyways.

Nope. (1)

khasim (1285) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189589)

I'm with you on that. It's funny the first time it is done.

It takes real skill to make a funny satire of it. Microsoft tried playing it seriously and their ads sucked.

Now, to make a decent ad following a sucky remake following a funny ad ... no, that takes too much skill.

Wish someone would do this (5, Funny)

ancientt (569920) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189367)

A man walks to a corner and is solicited by two ladies of the evening.

(Windows) [dressed in fishnet and miniskirt] - "Wanna have a good time baby? I'm very popular, I do _all_ the fun things. [pause] I'm cheap."

(Mac) [catholic schoolgirl look with heavy makeup] - "Take me sweetie! I'm fun too and I'm cuter! [giggle, then dead serious] Not cheap."

[Mac and Windows get into a hair pulling fight while Marketing, old leering suited man, pulls up a jello filled wading pool.]

(Linux) [A girl next door type walks up] "Hi again, wanna grab dinner, [pause] I'm buying."

(Man) "Sure. Wait, you're buying? Do you expect to get paid?"

(Linux) "No, it might be nice if you buy some time, but that's up to you.

(Man) Dutch?

Re:Wish someone would do this (1)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189709)

Dutch?

Not bad. I approve.

Wouldn't it look something like this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189433)

http://thegreatgeekmanual.com/images/graphical-gags/february/pc-mac-linux.jpg

Question... (2, Interesting)

Puffy Director Pants (1242492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189461)

Are they looking for accuracy, or persuasiveness?

Commercial Idea (1)

tchiseen (1315299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189475)

Another good commercial might be one featuring the animal mascots (possibly animated) of some of the many Linux distributions - i.e. an Intrepid Ibex, a Puppy for Puppy linux, a sneaky lookin guy in a red hat for Redhat, a lizard for SUSE, and of course a Penguin named Tux. I think that would be a bit of fun, and also pretty representative of what Linux is about :)

So this means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189479)

So this mean that there will be no Richard Stallman in this "I'm Linux" thing, because as we all know, he wouldn't show unless it's "I'm a Gnu/Linux" at which point half the audience is asleep. ;) Then again, maybe, just maybe, the FSF is going to make a "I'm ah GNU" Commercial featuring Stallman. Can you imagine it?

RMS: I'm ah GNU.
Mac Guy: Why yes you are!

I'd pay to see that. ;)

Best Linux Commercial here (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189505)

Hi, I am Linux...... and I am in a car outside your house haxx0ring your WIFI with my Backtrack3 l33t skillz0rs. Linux FTW byatches!

Or you can go lolcat style (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189525)

I are Linux, I are in your root fsck'ing your megahurtz.

Don't advertise "Linux", advertise a BRAND (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26189601)

"Linux" per se is not an OS, it is a set of common libraries and standards that is shared by many OSs. Heck, binaries compiled for one Linux distro won't even work on half the others (reason I mentioned this is because binary incompatibility is a good way to distinguish between customizations of a single OS, as opposed to different OSs, which, while belonging to the same family, are just that - DIFFERENT OSs.

Advertising Linux is like advertising x86 architecture or the Unix Standard. It may be useful for engineers, programmers, or adiministrators, but not to end users. The fact that all Linux distros share the same kernel is about as useful to end users as telling them that their particular Chevy model uses the same engine block as a dozen other cars from GM. The service technician will need to know this, not the end user. The end users need to know WHAT a distro does, not HOW it does it. And every distro does things differently, and for a good reason - it is optimized for a particular audience and a particular way of doing things. By definition, that means that a single distro can't please eveyone - and shouldn't try to.

Advertise Ubuntu. Advertise Red Hat. Advertise Gentoo. Pick a market and promote the Linux brand that suits that market best. And if someone else isn't happy about your choice, they can go and advertise their own distro to their own target audience.

Linux distros need to start adopting a good old capitalist trick known as USING A BRAND.

More a command line idea... (1)

Casandro (751346) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189655)

OK, this one refers more to the command line, but might be cool anyhow.

You have 2 buttlers, one Linux, the other one Windows.

The Linux buttler just follows orders to the best he can, if you tell him what to do. (like a command line) The Windows buttler is more like a like a puppet, you have to actually move it for it to do something. (like a GUI)
Punchline: Windows won't do something, because that feature is not availiable under the current licence, please buy an upgrade.

Re:More a command line idea... (1)

story645 (1278106) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189689)

Avoiding command line would probably be in everybody's best interest, as command line seems to scare everybody who's not
a) already a hardcore linux fan
or
b) been using windows since the DOS days

I think the whole point is to make linux appear friendly, and I doubt highlighting the part of linux that requires a cheat sheet is the way to do it.

Re:More a command line idea... (1)

Casandro (751346) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189743)

Well there are different kinds of users out there.

And seriously you cannot compare a good unixoid shell to the crippled one comming with Windows. The Windows one really is barely usable. Microsoft did a great job at scaring people away from comman lines by crippling them to death.
Microsoft even goes a lot further, by also crippling the GUI. Just try to load 10 comma seperated text files written by a version of Exel from another language version into Exel. It asks you the _same_ questions over and over again. It doesn't even try to make guesses like that it's improbable to have the period as a 1000-seperator when you already have it as a decimal seperator.

Windows just is unusual for the power user, but people have just gotten used to wasting their time with bad software.

The best... (3, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189671)

The best contribution won't be a single person, but this huge contribution of several people. Linux isn't one OS for one person. It is embedded. It is desktop. It is server. It runs the cloud. It runs your phone. It runs your coffee maker. Ir runs the web. It runs super-computers. It is the unspoken hero. It is a rock-star.

The only video representation of one character that fits Linux is a representation of all these characters.

Re:The best... (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189707)

Windows is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

What truth?

That you are a slave, Neil. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your computer.

I can see it (5, Funny)

lord_sarpedon (917201) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189753)

Picture an I'm a Mac/I'm a PC commercial as they typically start!

Richard Stallman shouts from offstage, "I'm linux, and I'm freee free FREEEE"

He the proceeds to prance naked around stage throwing rose petals to the ground as the other two are stricken with a deep terror.

Freeeee! Free freeeeee!

Script suggestion (2)

skulgnome (1114401) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189759)

[Start with a semi-closeup of a hairy stoner type, you know, facial hair like alan cox and rms]

Hi man, I'm Linux.

[Move quickly to the right to a similar shot of a tie-wearing IBM type]

Hi, I'm also Linux.

[Move to a series of government types standing in a line behind one another, so that it's obvious there's many of them even if the face of only one is visible]

(all of them speak loudly) Hi, we're also Linux.

[Move to an obvious university student, make him a transfer student from abroad, japanese or chinese or italian or something, with an accent]

Herro, I Linux arso.

[Two or three similar shots follow, including just a Joe Random type and a blue-collar office secretary or beancounter type. All say something to the effect of their also being Linux.]

[Finishing shot: zoom out to show all of those featured before, standing in a row, and eventually fade them to black. Voiceover: GNU/Linux, it's for all of us.]

Licensed under CC-BY-SA, free to film or print out and shove up own eyehole or something. If you want to, send adulations somehow using Slashdot, I can't honestly be arsed to have a proper e-mail address.

Re:Script suggestion (1)

skulgnome (1114401) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189767)

Standing side by side I meant. Damn. It's not my first language, don't blame me, blame society. Also there needs to be racial minorities or other stereotypes in there somewhere, like a hot black woman or a rural hick-town stereotype redneck or something. Because it needs to be inclusive.

And in the finishing shot, everyone says their lines again to drill the point home: it's not a monolithic corporation but a community that's made of people, actual humans rather than the teflon-coated, chromed corporate sheen of Microsoft et al.

Positioning Linux (4, Interesting)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189781)

The key to the Mac and PC commercials has been their positioning.

Apple's Macs are all-in-one machines, that come with both hardware and software. So it's easy for them to position their avatar and straw man appropriately to showcase the advantages of their platform versus Microsoft's. "I'm a has-it-all-together Mac, you're a slightly confused yet assertive PC. Gee, why am I simpler to set up and use?"

Microsoft sells just the software, so they aimed to take the focus off of the 'whole package' aspect and instead focus on the users. Hence their "I'm a PC" campaign. (Incidentally, someone needs to tell Microsoft that PC stands for 'Personal Computer,' and not 'Person using a Computer'..)

The proper Linux positioning should be about Open Source, and how everyone contributes. So instead of an "I'm Linux" response, I'd suggest "We're Linux." Unlike how Microsoft's approach bends the meaning of words 'til they break, "We're Linux" would actually ring true on a lot of levels, from all of the different people whose pieces are put together to make one distribution, to the number of distributions available, to the sheer number of platforms that Linux has been ported to.

Just a thought (1)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 5 years ago | (#26189783)

I think the reason they dont put linux in there is because a person representing linux would be a naked torso of which you have to find all of his arms and legs and clothes separately. That wouldn't get past the censors.

That assumes your talking about linux in a non-distribution sense.
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