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Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the somebody-call-attenborough dept.

GNU is Not Unix 313

New submitter Atticus Rex writes "Reporters and security guards at the Windows 8 launch event weren't sure how to react when they were greeted by a real, live gnu. The gnu — which, on closer inspection, was an activist in a gnu suit — had come for some early trick-or-treating. But instead of candy, she had free software for the eager journalists. The gnu and the Free Software Foundation campaigns team handed out dozens of copies of Trisquel, a fully free GNU/Linux distribution, along with press releases and stickers. Once they got over their confusion, the reporters were happy to see us and hear our message — that Windows 8 is a downgrade, not an upgrade, because it steals users' freedom, security and privacy."

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Worthless (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790137)

Wow. I can't imagine more blatant dick sucking than this so called article and summary. What truly pathetic depths Slashdot has sank to.

Re:Worthless (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790185)

Have you seen a 3D printing story?

Re:Worthless (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790539)

Or a bitcoin story for that matter.

Re:Worthless (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790333)

also girl they choose was not hot at all, i mean why cant they look up to PETA with their naked hot girls, i am not even vegetarian and i still like watching PETA girls protest, on the other hand i do use LINUX and a lot of GNU software every day and i felt my time watching this article was wasted

there is no better commercial as hot (preferably naked) female body

Re:Worthless (5, Insightful)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#41790389)

Look, she can't help it if she's not pretty. Or if she's too poor to afford nice clothes.

FREE software is like people -- what's on the inside matters more than the external appearance.

Re:Worthless (5, Funny)

VAElynx (2001046) | about 2 years ago | (#41790437)

If you think the purpose of a demonstration/event is "nude tits for the onlookers", you're a moron whose thought centre has moved from cranium to crotch.

Re:Worthless (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 years ago | (#41790521)

Unless you happen to be at a strip club. Or a joining a school for strippers. Or teaching at a school for strippers.

Re:Worthless (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790663)

thought centre...

The GNU religion has nothing to do with higher brain functions.

Re:Worthless (-1)

donaggie03 (769758) | about 2 years ago | (#41790695)

If you think the purpose of a demonstration/event is "nude tits for the onlookers", you're a moron whose thought centre has moved from cranium to crotch.

The purpose of a demonstration/event is to advertise a product and create interest in said product. There's a reason people say "sex sells," and commercials always have sexy, or at least attractive, actresses in them. Maybe you should do some research about advertising, specifically sex in advertising, before you call someone else a moron, moron.

Re:Worthless (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about 2 years ago | (#41790737)

Certainly it is not to change opinions, or they would not be distributing a form of linux no one has ever heard of to MS loyalists. I think they would have better luck preaching tax loophole reform at a republican convention, at least there'd be press that'd listen.

Re:Worthless (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790395)

When the journalists find that the free software won't work on their iPhones they will brand it worthless.

Re:Worthless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790625)

Wow. I can't imagine more blatant dick sucking than this so called article and summary. What truly pathetic depths Slashdot has sank to.

Would you have been happier if they showed up with a real live python to promote, you know, Python?

Sounds like a plan (5, Informative)

colinrichardday (768814) | about 2 years ago | (#41790147)

Way to spread the word!

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41790239)

Although their points are kind of redundant to techies, they do make some good ones.
Unlike the MS points about Linux and how it is the Hackers utility and is insecure due to code being open to the public...

Re:Sounds like a plan (2)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 2 years ago | (#41790309)

Is this what it takes to get GNUs in the news?

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790497)

No {GNUs,news} is good {GNUs,news}.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790477)

Who cares about Gnu Linux anyway?

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790635)

Cute promo stunt, but F.S.F. and the movement shot its bolt years ago.

All they have is a couple of niches.

They should probably have spent their promo money on doing feel good stunts for the faithful.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about 2 years ago | (#41790755)

Or getting employed by MS and leaking doc(x)/xls(x) read/write code. Illegal? Yes. But not immoral and what a better place we'd all live in.

Crashing, huh? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790153)

When I read the headline I was expecting something involving forcing their way into the event. This, however, turns out to be the kind of positive thing we want to present the community with. Also, that is a sweet head!

Re:Crashing, huh? (4, Funny)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 years ago | (#41790535)

Good thing it wasn't dark, they would have been likely to have been eaten by the GNU.

Re:Crashing, huh? (1)

SunTzuWarmaster (930093) | about 2 years ago | (#41790585)

GRUE - get it right! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grue_(monster) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Crashing, huh? (3, Informative)

donaggie03 (769758) | about 2 years ago | (#41790727)

Thanks for ruining the joke captain smartypants.

Re:Crashing, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790749)

Whoosh!

argh (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790157)

damn hippies

Really quite... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790159)

Pathetic.

Re:Really quite... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790271)

Agreed.
And I'm a Linux user!
We don't need that. Leave the sheeple alone! We're happy to have our great OS, so why the fsck we need to disturb them?

Re:Really quite... (0)

Macrat (638047) | about 2 years ago | (#41790685)

And I'm a Linux user!

That's the problem. You're not a GNU Linux user!.

a real live gnu (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790177)

How far away do you have to be standing to think that is a real live gnu?

I like linux and all but this kind of behavior is a bit asshole-ish.
It's like showing up at a some kids first birthday and handing out condoms to all the adults.

Re:a real live gnu (0)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about 2 years ago | (#41790205)

It's like showing up at a some kids first birthday and handing out condoms to all the adults.

Yeah, and the kid is retarded and quadriplegic.

Re:a real live gnu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790255)

Yes, but you don't have to rub the parents' faces in it.
Although, I guess the parents didn't have much say in whether the kid was retarded,
whereas Microsoft deliberately made it this way.
So my analogy doesn't really hold up.
It still doesn't look like a real live gnu though.

Re:a real live gnu (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about 2 years ago | (#41790549)

Yes, but you don't have to rub the parents' faces in it. Although, I guess the parents didn't have much say in whether the kid was retarded,

Unless they did drugs (ethanol, tobacco, amphetamines). Now the analogy is quite apt.

Re:a real live gnu (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790645)

How far away do you have to be standing to think that is a real live gnu?

If you closed your eyes and stood real close it sure smelled like a real live gnu. They haven't washed the costume since Richard Stallman started gnu in 1984.

It was funny in 1995 (5, Insightful)

Joe U (443617) | about 2 years ago | (#41790191)

It was funny in 1995 when the "protesters" were in front of CompUSA on 35th street in Manhattan. It was cute when they were outside PC Expo in 1996. Started to get kinda sad at the Windows 98 launch and went downhill after that.

Now they're just a sideshow attraction.

Re:It was funny in 1995 (5, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41790371)

Especially when they're pushing a distro nobody's ever heard of and which does a terrible job of promoting itself. I looked on both Trisquel's home page and its Wikipedia entry, and the only justification I could find for its existence was that it had Gallician support. (Why they didn't just contribute Gallician localization to an existing distro is unclear.) Other than that, it appears to be a simple Ubuntu fork.

Now that is ironic. Not just a fringe OS, but a fringe version of the OS. How fringe? The very existence of the Gallician language is controversial. It's spoken only in the northwest corner of Spain, which would be part of Portugal if borders were drawn by actual cultural boundaries. (The Portugese language originated there.) But it's unpatriotic to refer to Gallician as a dialect of Portugese, so they have to pretend have their own language, mainly distinguished by the fact that Gallicia refuses to participate in efforts to reform Portugese spelling.

Do Linux zealots actually work at being marginal?

Re:It was funny in 1995 (0)

Arker (91948) | about 2 years ago | (#41790503)

The existence of the Galician language, Galego, is most certainly not in doubt. It is quite similar to Portugese (particularly when written in the alternate orthography which makes it look more similar) but it is definitely not Portugese and I would love to see how long you would last saying that in Santiago del C. Galego has been distinct from both Castillian and Portugese for many centuries.

Re:It was funny in 1995 (0)

icebraining (1313345) | about 2 years ago | (#41790761)

Portuguese.

Whether Galician is or not a Portuguese dialet is debatable. The Academia Galega da Lingua Portuguesa (Galician Academy of the Portuguese Language) claims it is.

Re:It was funny in 1995 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790519)

The reason for promoting Trisquel is that it is one of the few Linux distributions on the FSF's approved list of completely free distributions. It's basically Ubuntu with a free kernel and without the option of installing Flash. Trisquel is one of the few distributions on the FSF's approved list which is quite user friendly. Personally, I'd rather they hand out a distribution with all the Linux firmware and drivers to provide better hardware support, but the FSF isn't about being practical, they are focused on software freedom.

Insightful, however: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790579)

> I looked on both Trisquel's home page and its Wikipedia entry, and the only justification I could find for its existence was that it had Gallician support [...] other than that, it appears to be a simple Ubuntu fork.

Now let's see why they really forked ubuntu, and copy pasted Portuguese and called it Galicia:

> Trisquel is a fully free operating system based in GNU/Linux, for home users, small enterprises and educational centers.

Versus (google description of ubuntu.com)

> Ubuntu: commercially sponsored Debian-derived Linux distribution that focuses on usability

Let's all take a moment to reflect that they created a fork of Ubuntu SOLELY so that it could be described as GNU/Linux instead of Linux.

It is NOT GNU/Linux. Just because n% of apps in Y operating system are from X organization, you don't arbitrarily qualify to call an /operating system/ X/Y. That's not how operating systems work. User space apps can be ported to another OS, and an OS can user different userspace apps. Because most people don't change the version of ls on their system, we should rename the OS?

Let me state on thing for the record: GNU applications are APPALLING. That's right, 99% of command line tools you use for instance, have poor interfaces, poor APIs, bad naming, bad flags, bad manuals, bad ideas, bad implementations. Still, we live with them and find work arounds, it could be MUCH better, but it is "good enough" for now.

GNU:Good'NUff?

Re:It was funny in 1995 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790581)

The very existence of the Gallician language is controversial. It's spoken only in the northwest corner of Spain, which would be part of Portugal if borders were drawn by actual cultural boundaries. (The Portugese language originated there.) But it's unpatriotic to refer to Gallician as a dialect of Portugese, so they have to pretend have their own language, mainly distinguished by the fact that Gallicia refuses to participate in efforts to reform Portugese spelling.

Huh. Portugal has hipsters, too.

So, when folks ask them where they're from and what's their native tongue, they say in their Gallician accent, "It's so cool, you've never heard of it."

Re:It was funny in 1995 (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about 2 years ago | (#41790661)

While we Portuguese do have hipsters, Galicia is not in Portugal, it's in Spain.

Re:It was funny in 1995 (1)

tgd (2822) | about 2 years ago | (#41790409)

It was funny in 1995 when the "protesters" were in front of CompUSA on 35th street in Manhattan. It was cute when they were outside PC Expo in 1996. Started to get kinda sad at the Windows 98 launch and went downhill after that.

Now they're just a sideshow attraction.

Well, at least it gave a lot of people a funny story to laugh about later that day.

So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (5, Insightful)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790209)

...but someone in a Gnu suit? Kind of misleading, yeah? I do have to agree with the other posters though. It does seem like trolling an event. If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed as them crashing a party. Same kind of thing here.

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (0)

jkrise (535370) | about 2 years ago | (#41790391)

If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed

and do what? they would be speechless. GNU and other free software are 'free' in more ways than one; whereas MS-ware is non-free in every sense. MS would be foolish to try such a stunt. Any publicity is good publicity for Free Software though...

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (2)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790491)

No, not really. While techies will herald this as a good thing, normal computer users will go "Well that was rude!" and "What is Linux?". Case in point: when I shared this on my Facebook I had 3 comments go "I thought a Gnu was an animal?", "Did they have to crash the party? Why not just send the journos a press release with pros/cons?" and "What OS do you use?" to which I replied "I use Win 7 on my desktop, Win 7 with Ubuntu dual booting on my laptop, OSX Mountain Lion on my Macbook Pro and ICS on my phone."

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (4, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | about 2 years ago | (#41790489)

If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed as them crashing a party.

Of course it would. Chances are it would also be csh'ed, ksh'ed and zsh'ed (amongst others) as well.

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (1)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790525)

Ha! I knew someone would pick up on that.

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (0)

jkrise (535370) | about 2 years ago | (#41790531)

Chances are it would also be csh'ed, ksh'ed and zsh'ed (amongst others) as well.

You forgot the eminently appropriate and more common: BASHed

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790701)

If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed as them crashing a party.

Of course it would. Chances are it would also be csh'ed, ksh'ed and zsh'ed (amongst others) as well.

That was korny...

"Free like the free apps in the iPhone app store?" (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about 2 years ago | (#41790523)

If you think the majority of tech "journalists" have the slightest clue about software freedom vs the walled garden, you are sadly mistaken. And the tech consuming public is far worse off. Any effort to educate them is a GOOD thing - especially if its well communicated by professional looking young folks like this, instead of some of the rabid "kings" of open source.

Re:"Free like the free apps in the iPhone app stor (1)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790557)

I wouldn't know how they look since it was slashdotted. I agree that informing and educating the public is a good thing, but why not bring laptops running a distro and actually SHOWING them rather than just counting on them installing it on their own systems (I guarantee most of those disks hit the trash).

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41790547)

...but someone in a Gnu suit? Kind of misleading, yeah?

That person was afraid to show face in public, hence the artiodactyl suit. A clear example of an Anonymous Cow Herd!

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (1)

mewsenews (251487) | about 2 years ago | (#41790597)

If Microsoft came into a Gnu event it would be bashed as them crashing a party. Same kind of thing here.

I agree with you but only to a certain extent. This incident was also a protest about user freedom, as much as it was a promotional activity for free software.

If microsoft protested a free software event they'd be laughed out of the room.

So I remain divided: showing up to someones launch event so that you can promote their competitor: utterly tasteless. Showing up somewhere to raise awareness of user rights and freedoms: admirable. Strange mix here..

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (1)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790665)

I agree, it is mixed, but it's still not a constructive way to promote a competitor's software. It's kind of like Blizzard showing up at a Valve event.

Re:So it wasn't a real, live Gnu... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790603)

It sounds like more fun than having MS employees dance. Awareness and choice is a good thing. Kudos to those guys for being out there.

Since when is a Halloween costume misleading? It's not like anyone was expecting a real four legged animal. Someone cheerful in costume handing out treats from a pumpkin adds to the festivity.

If Steve Ballmer wants to show up somewhere dressed as a donkey giving out free copies of Winodws I say let him.

g'day—g'nu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790211)

The gnu — which, on closer inspection, was an activist in a gnu suit

They're completely different! A "g'nu" in a "new" suit. It's not easy to confuse the two. I can see where they'd be confused, though.

Real live gnu? Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790227)

The photos in TFA show a person wearing only a ridiculously huge gnu mascot head. Not even a 5-year old would think that's a real gnu regardless of distance.

Captcha: Delirium.

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#41790273)

My thoughts exactly. What's with all of this sensational bullshit on Slashdot lately?

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (1)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#41790323)

My thoughts exactly. What's with all of this sensational bullshit on Slashdot lately?

New ownership. So, with new ownership we get a new direction. And this "new direction" sucks ass.

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#41790419)

New here? Same suck, different ass. And /. is still owned by geeknet (aka sourceforge aka va linux).

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (1)

mooingyak (720677) | about 2 years ago | (#41790451)

Same suck, different ass.

If I ever decide to change my sig, that will be it.

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (1)

tgd (2822) | about 2 years ago | (#41790439)

My thoughts exactly. What's with all of this sensational bullshit on Slashdot lately?

The owner realized the same thing Fox News did -- if you present stories in ways to whip up a fringe zealot audience, you may lose a lot of your audience, but the audience you have comes back a lot and consumes a lot of ads.

Re:Real live gnu? Seriously? (4, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#41790399)

I don't know about that. A new UI on top of Windows 7 seems to have fooled them.

HAM ON! Ham on whole wheat! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790229)

anus of teeth

Reporters happy to see you? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790233)

Yeah, you don't know reporters do you?

They're happy to see anything, or so they pretend. All smiles and glad-handling, they're as bad as politicians, who coincidentally enough are the ones you most often see you with.

Sorry, but your publicity stunt is not going to make this the Year of Linux on the Desktop and millions, even tens or hundreds will be gladly using Windows 8.

They won't do anything with your precious software except throw it away.

A valuable lesson learned today. (3, Funny)

FSWKU (551325) | about 2 years ago | (#41790235)

The software may be free. Enough computing power for the software to handle a slashdotting, however, is NOT free...

Re:A valuable lesson learned today. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790479)

came here to post the same thing - unless their site is deliberately crappy

Perhaps if they used windows servers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790243)

Their site wouldnt have crashed?

Why is this news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790257)

This is fucktarded.

A downgrade in many ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790265)

Windows 8 is a downgrade, not an upgrade, because it steals users' freedom, security and privacy.

True.

But the most visible reason that it's a downgrade is because it forcibly apples a tablet-style touch-optimized interface onto the desktop -- a drastic UI change that exactly 0% of desktop users have asked for, and that 100% of IT professionals are dreading.

Re:A downgrade in many ways (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | about 2 years ago | (#41790493)

I don't know how desktop users could have asked for something that hasn't yet existed on the desktop, but the classic desktop is still there:

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/10/08/how-to-switch-from-windows-8s-startscreen-to-the-desktop/ [ghacks.net]

Re:A downgrade in many ways (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#41790779)

You really don't know how someone could ask for something before it was actually created?

Really?

Re:A downgrade in many ways (1)

BrownLeopard (876112) | about 2 years ago | (#41790509)

Dreading? Not really. I can't wait to start invoicing for these migrations, myself. Should get me a new car out of it.

Powell's colon (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#41790281)

John SuGnuGnu said only a Gnu could love a Gnu.

GNU/Linux also has these vulnerabilities! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790291)

GNU/Linux distributions also store contacts, has caches, etc. that store personal information. They also have 'disk utilities' that scan your hard drives data. Be wary of GNU/Linux software. Open Source has another BIG PROBLEM, because it is Open Source and everyone has access to the underlying code - it is that much easier to find and exploit security holes in the software!

Activist is an old Indian word.... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790299)

...that translates roughly to "Doesn't have a real job.'

Re:Activist is an old Indian word.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790317)

Strange, then most activist I know, are not really activist.

really? slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790313)

You really slashdotted fsf.org?

Guess they are running ISS on windows 8.

Windows 8 downgrades security? (4, Insightful)

Wrath0fb0b (302444) | about 2 years ago | (#41790325)

Citation needed.

Now, it's quite possible that Windows 7 is not secure enough for your needs and 8 doesn't improve upon that significantly, but I'm skeptical that 8 is a step backwards in security.

Re:Windows 8 downgrades security? (5, Funny)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | about 2 years ago | (#41790407)

Citation needed.

You must be gnu here...

Sounds like Microsoft needs better security (2)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41790367)

Well trained security guards would have quashed that right away, along with explanations of "You need to buy a vendor permit to distribute pamphlets/software at the show".
Microsoft Security Fail!

Re:Sounds like Microsoft needs better security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790505)

If they used StaffPro, the gnu activist would have never got in. Let me guess, the used Elite or worse, Securitas.

Re:Sounds like Microsoft needs better security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790621)

"I wanted Dynacore, Sharp Edge or Belltower."

only Windows 8? (4, Insightful)

mschaffer (97223) | about 2 years ago | (#41790383)

Really? Only Windows 8? OSX/iOS steals users' freedom, security and privacy quite a bit.

Re:only Windows 8? (3, Funny)

Fishchip (1203964) | about 2 years ago | (#41790441)

Shh, this is a Windows-bashing article. There'll be an OSX one in a little while.

Re:only Windows 8? (2)

VAElynx (2001046) | about 2 years ago | (#41790465)

Well... it would be sort of retarded to point out the deficiencies of iOS on a Microsoft event. Kinda like when the soviet and the american argued about their countries.
American: "But we have freedom of speech!" Soviet: "What is that, even?" American: "For example , if I were to walk into the White House, shout Ronald Reagan is a filthy thieving lying fuck, nobody would do anything to me." Soviet: "Hah! We got it even better. If I were to walk into the Kremel, and shout Ronald Reagan is a filthy thieving lying fuck, it'd get into the newspaper and I'd get a commendation, even."

Valve Linux Steam Client Beta Application (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790413)

Valve Linux Steam Client Beta Application

Weâ(TM)re looking for Linux gamers to install and test our new Steam for Linux client. We are primarily interested in experienced Linux users.

In order to take the survey, you need to first login with your Steam account to link your response with your Steam ID.

Note: You must have cookies enabled in your browser to continue

Login with your Steam account to apply:

http://www.valvesoftware.com/linuxsurvey.php?action=login [valvesoftware.com]

http://securityflakes.livelyblog.com/2012/10/28/valve-linux-steam-client-beta-application-not-security-related-but-you-know-you-want-it/ [livelyblog.com]

Nice beard. (4, Funny)

Haxagon (2454432) | about 2 years ago | (#41790421)

"The gnu — which, on closer inspection, was an activist in a gnu suit"
It's hard to tell the two apart sans suit, sometimes.

Said as a GNU/Linux enthusiast.

Way to go. (1, Flamebait)

hey! (33014) | about 2 years ago | (#41790423)

This will raise the Linux community's credibility with the public.

Re:Way to go. (1)

moderators_are_w*nke (571920) | about 2 years ago | (#41790463)

Guerrilla marketing is all the rage these days, but that is about the lamest example I've ever seen.

Happy huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790431)

> the reporters were happy to see us and hear our message

Sounds like an objective description of how reporters feel. Clearly they were distraught about the Windows 8 release.

Oh Dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790455)

I thought 'twas a real gnu; but what do I know, I'm a Windows user!

Trolls (2)

topgun966 (1377185) | about 2 years ago | (#41790483)

I have been a long time Unix/Linux/Windows/Dos etc developer user etc. And I can say this, Windows 8 is a very bold move for Microsoft. I actually like the power user features. Now with GNU/Linux, there is NO such thing as free. Ever. Time is money. I cost about 300 an hour to help business that switch to Linux and have issues. It depends on what you are using it for, but Windows 8 definitely has its place.

I'd like to add a small change (2, Interesting)

Rooked_One (591287) | about 2 years ago | (#41790501)

"...Windows 8 is a downgrade, not an upgrade, because it steals users' freedom, security and privacy."

This may be so, but I think that statement detracts from the fact that windows is starting to make users very ignorant. Windows 7 took away the advanced search. I used to love to be able to search for files largers than 10MB very easily but now I must use third party software to do a very "Windows" function.

I sometimes mourn for the days that when you installed something, its functions went into its own directory. You could very easily find what you're looking for, and modify if possible. This constantly gets stripped down, at least for a few things.

Re:I'd like to add a small change (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790651)

It's still there, albeit hard to find. Just use size:>10mb in the search bar

Not a gnu (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41790511)

Richard Stallman just hasn't shaved in awhile.

Why this distro? (2, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#41790587)

They're fighting the Windows 8 downgrade by offering a fringe GNU-downgraded Linux distro.
I'm sure all those journalists will be convinced after they have learned to manually install the required hardware drivers.

Marketing isn't about promoting the things you personally like, it's about promoting the things your potential users like.
Windows and Apple users don't care about privacy, freedom, security or ownership. Either convince them of the importance of those issues before pushing Linux or promote the Linux features they do care about (i.e. "Linux is free and has the best tools for downloading the latest movies").

Windows 8 and missed opportunities (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 2 years ago | (#41790605)

From what little of FSF page I could get to load seems they are reusing standard talking points on the perils of commercial software without making an effort to address windows 8 specifically.

To me it would have been more useful had they actually enumerate privacy and freedom transgressions committed by Windows 8. From calling home for nn reasons, live account login, RT store lockin... must be tons of legit points which can be made about win8 rather than the same blanket statements proclaiming commercial software to be evil.

OS/2 crashing (3, Informative)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#41790611)

Back about 20 years ago, Steve Ballmer went to an IBM booth at an computer show, and tried to crash OS/2 there. So, I guess you reap what you sow.

Eventually. Kinda sorta.

No insight here (1)

Riddler Sensei (979333) | about 2 years ago | (#41790659)

Eh, I'll give Trisquel a download and check it out in Workstation. Pretty much expecting a by the numbers Ubuntu based distro. But hey, why not?

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