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OSI Announces Open Source Awards

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the beanies-slightly-ahead-of-their-time dept.

Programming 162

JohnGrahamCumming writes "There's a story running on ZDNet about how OSI is going to be giving Open Source Awards with cash prizes of up to $10,000. The idea is to create the "Nobel Prizes" of Open Source. Announcement was made yesterday as OSCON with some big names backing the awards (e.g. Sun, OSAF and (interestingly) a major venture capital firm USVP)."

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Flabbergasted! (4, Funny)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#6419956)

$10,000! That's more cash than most OSS developers see in a full year! An Indian programming outfit could run off that kind of funding for years to come! Go ZDNet and Sun!

*ducks*

Furreigners (-1, Flamebait)

siskbc (598067) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420030)

An Indian programming outfit could run off that kind of funding for years to come! Go ZDNet and Sun!

Dammit, everybody knows those foreigners can't program. Best take their fucking visa's and hire some real Americans. Get some work done around here.

It's 3:04 - do you know where your karma is? Well then burn it!

Re:Furreigners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420318)

This guy's date, obviously, dumped him at 3:00 PM !!!

Re:Flabbergasted! (3, Funny)

OECD (639690) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420046)

$10,000! ... An Indian programming outfit could run off that kind of funding for years to come!

That's the Grand Master award, you've gotta be RMS or someone to get that. Most of the awards are $500--you're going to have to find Bangladeshi programmers...

microsoft uses linux for real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420259)

ms uses linux [netcraft.com]

Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6419972)

$10,000?! WOW!

But really, if one was to write such a super OSS program, wouldn't he be hired by a big corporation and paid at least ten times that amount?

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (1)

Hufo (684441) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420048)

If someone win this award that's because he has great talents and certainly choosed to work on the projects he likes instead of working for a 'big corporation'. As these projects are open-source he certainly is not paid for his work. So a little cash can be very welcomed!

GEORGE BUSH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420092)

I chose to choosed you and spit you out!

You have surely loosed teh grammar competition!

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420248)

You forgot to put 'win' and 'welcomed' in bold as well. I supposed I shouldn't be shocked about 'choosed', given the poor treatment of 'loose' around here.

A good litmus test: are you in favor of looser women?

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (2, Informative)

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420104)

Well, most people in the world live on $2 per day. So thats 5 000 days or enought to survive more than 13 years.

For many people on the earth that's a large sum.

You smarmy sonofbitch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420127)

Yeah, but what's the $/day living cost for someone that has regular, unrestricted access to a computer ?!!!

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (0, Redundant)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420500)

Well, most people in the world live on $2 per day.

$2/day? That's not even enough to eat around here, let alone write software.

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (1)

scalis (594038) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420828)

Well, most people in the world live on $2 per day. So thats 5 000 days or enought to survive more than 13 years.

Nice perspective... However, these people are not likely the ones to run to their keyboards, code something and then collect either.

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (2, Informative)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420131)

But really, if one was to write such a super OSS program, wouldn't he be hired by a big corporation and paid at least ten times that amount?

Transmeta isn't exactly a big corporation, and considering that the Sr. VP of Worldwide Sales only makes $262K a year I'm not even sure Linus is making $100K. And that's the big guy, the supreme God of open source software. I'm sure there are lesser mortals in the OSS world making less than $100K.

Re:Holy Whackamolly! We've Got Chips! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420212)

That should be modded +5 penis face.

frist psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6419976)

ok maybe not but close enough

Close enough? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420029)

There is no close enough, there is only The First.

Strugglin' late first post
What part of "first" don't you get?
You likewise fail it

Hooray! (4, Funny)

Yoda2 (522522) | more than 11 years ago | (#6419989)

Pick me! Pick me! [sourceforge.net] Oh, wait a second... my project isn't popular and no one contributes to it.

Re:Hooray! (1)

Cipster (623378) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420042)

Well from looking at that project page I notice that it has 0 bugs!!!!
This is remarkable for an alpha project! I'm sure it will win.

Obviously (1)

Exiler (589908) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420060)

It's because it's name is more than 3 syllables, not even including its KBuzzwErD or GNpUn!

Re:Hooray! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420362)

Your project DOES, however, have the distinction of being a first in the world of AI. Bootstrapping vocabulary from watching videos? If I had thousands of dollars to hand out to open source projects, you would certainly be on the short list.

Re:Hooray! (4, Insightful)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420448)

I wouldn't suggest they award the money to unpopular projects (mine are mostly that way too.. well people use em but seldom contribute) but I would suggest they exclude projects that have funding. I guess I'm suggesting they not give money towards Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Gnome, KDE, Mozilla, OpenOffice, Perl, Python and various other tier one projects. Better to encourage people to write apps that are needed but not as popular. Spread the wealth a little.

Re:Hooray! (1)

Vaughn Anderson (581869) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420499)

Hey! You are doing great! You have ZERO bugs in your program! Amazing, how do you do it?

Re:Hooray! (1)

Valar (167606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420535)

Question? What exactly does that thing DO? hehe

Here's what it does... (1)

Yoda2 (522522) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420648)

This recent workshop paper [cornell.edu] will give you some idea of what EBLA does.

Big factors keeping people from using it:
1. no GUI
2. requires a local PostgreSQL install

Both will be fixed soon by the addition of a Swing GUI and a publically available DB server.

Bet it still won't be very popular though...

Re:Hooray! (1)

loadquo (659316) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420548)

There must be a whole lot of people like you... and er me [sourceforge.net]
Maybe we should form a club. So we can swap tips on how not to get people interested.

Of course not (1)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420748)

Who on earth would contribute toe something called E-BLA.

This could be what we need to be ready for desktop (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420015)

With a 10,000 USD incentive, maybe the gnome developers will actually give what their users wan't such a proper file dialog, split pane in nautilus, a non crippled file-roller and maybe they will give their users a GUI to configure advanced settings without having to go through gconf.

On the other hand, the kde guys could replace that cheezy keramik with a real style as defualt (.net and alloy are good candidates)

Re:This could be what we need to be ready for desk (1)

usotsuki (530037) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420295)

I've seen that GNOME file dialog before.

Windows 3.1. Yeah. It was teh suxor there too.

KDE though ripped off Win98...

Gotta stop cloning Big Evil, guys!!

-uso.

So then (5, Funny)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420028)

The Razzies for this will be called "The Pre-Alpha-Aplha Awards", given out to OSS projects that never make it out of "-1, thinking about it"

Re:So then (1)

Cipster (623378) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420062)

Sometimes I wish some of them stayed in that phase...

Re:So then (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420321)

OSI... PACKS YOUR FUDGE...

Re:So then (1)

Valar (167606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420673)

Hm, my favorite is browsing all of the MMORPGs on sourceforge. Almost without fail, those things feature like three artists, desperately seeking a "C++ Programmer with experience in MFC, DirectX and OpenGL" for a "An online RPG, similar to Everquest but in the setting of $novel by $author". And strangely, they all seem to be lacking a single release... I wonder why :)

Sun (4, Funny)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420033)

I thought we decided that Sun was evil this week. Did I miss a memo?

Re:Sun (1)

n0nsensical (633430) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420099)

Yes, it's amazon.com this week, amazon.com! Next week is Sun! Come on people, get with the program! There are thousands of Indian Slashdot readers ready to take your place!

you're expecting too much (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420276)

I thought we decided that Sun was evil this week. Did I miss a memo?

Heh, you're expecting proper cronological order from this editorial staff? Oh, but don't worry- they'll get the order right next time they post the stories. Failing that, third time's the charm.

Open Sores awards? SPOILERS HERE! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420034)

What were they?

Stinkiest breath goes to LinuxLover93!

Palest skin goes to M$_SUX_LOLOLOL46!

Gayest program on Sourceforge is 2,000 way tie!

Creepiest stalkes Open Sores hippy goes to fyodor!

Most non-sensical rant goes to RMS!

Most uninformed about anything in reality is a tie between all slashbots.

Re:Open Sores awards? SPOILERS HERE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420066)

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL yuo verrie funnie! yuo maek mie laugth verrie much! teech mie two bee cool liek yuo!

Re:Open Sores awards? SPOILERS HERE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420130)

That's why it is called flamebait, spunk covered cockgobbler.

and the winner is!!!! (0, Flamebait)

trnsfer (687963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420037)

again apache, i'm tired of these awards that go always to the same ppl.

Re:and the winner is!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420523)

You are right. Let's give the award to the Microsoft Shared Source initiative. True innovators!

Re:and the winner is!!!! (1)

Arandir (19206) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420629)

How many Open Source project do *real* SQA work? How many do code reviews *before* commit? How many have comprehensive unit tests in place? How many have an accurate and correct set of design documents? Heck, how many put down more than two sentences of design before they start coding?

Slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420044)

Give $10,000 to Slashdot so we can start cloning CowboyNeal! er i mean,

CowboyNeal $10,000 to CowboyNeal so CowboyNeal can CowboyNeal CowboyNeal CowboyNeal!

j.m.

Awards.... (3, Funny)

Madsci (616781) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420047)

What don't they give awards for nowadays?

This post, Winner, 2003
Best Slashdot Post
Best Use of Consonants in Slashdot Post
Louis K. Albright Award for Achievement in Punctuation

.

Re:Awards.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420116)

Louis K. Albright Award for Achievement in Punctuation



But you, my friend, only used one period, one question mark, and... two commas! Whereas I have exceeded that number and introduced an exclamation mark preceeded by an ellipsis (for suspense) in my first sentance, thus impacting the reader in a more substantial manner.

Re:Awards.... (2, Funny)

InterruptDescriptorT (531083) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420211)

Louis K. Albright Award for Achievement in Punctuation

Slashdot is the last Web site I'd expect to see take this one home...

an obvious omission! (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420302)

What don't they give awards for nowadays?
Best Slashdot Post
Best Use of Consonants in Slashdot Post

You're forgetting the obvious award for our dear editors!

Most # of Dupes

Sun...mmmm (0, Troll)

ieatfood (688716) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420058)

Well Sun isnt as great as Microsoft but, it is just as cool.

Open Source? More like Openly Racist (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420063)

The Open Source movement, otherwise known as 'Free Software', has been a topic of considerable debate on the Internet's most controversial site. The majority of this debate has centered around the technical merits of the software, with the esteemed editors argueing against adopting Linux by employing the full depth of their considerable intellects, and the other side hurling death threats and similar invective. This has allowed many who would not otherwise receive quality information about Open Source software to be made aware of many of its ramifications, but one issue has been left alone: The overt racism that is deeply embedded in the movement.
Allow me to explain.

Alan Cox; Richard Stallman; Bruce Perens; Wichert Akkerman; Miguel DeIcaza.
What do you see in this list of names? Are there any African-Americans on it? Absolutely not, none of those names sound like one a self-respecting black person would have! No Maurice, no Luther, no Lil' Kim. There are many other lists such as this, you can see one here. Flip through each page, do you see anything other than white faces? Of course you don't, because Open Source and its adherents are ardent racists and they absolutely forbid access to the sacred 'kernel' by any person of color.

Lets look at another list, this time a compendium of the companies using Linux. Are there any black owned companies on that list? Nooooooo. How about these companies? They all have something to do with Open Source software, any of them owned by an African-American? No again. Here is an extensive collection of photographs from a LUG (Linux User Gathering) meeting, more can be viewed at that link. What is odd about these pictures, and every other photograph I have ever seen of a LUG meeting, is that there is not one single black person to be seen, and probably none for miles.

More racist overtones can be found by examining the language of Open Source. They often refer to 'white hat' hackers. These 'white hats' scurry about the Internet doing good, but illegal, acts for their fellow man. In stark contrast we find the 'black hat' hackers. They destroy the good works of others by breaking into systems, stealing data, and generally causing havoc. These two terms reflect the mindset of most Linux developers. White means good, black means bad. Anywhere there is black, there is uncontrollable destruction and lawlessness. Looking further we see black lists that inform other users of 'bad' hardware, Samba, an obvious play on the much hated Little Black Sambo book, Mandrake, which I won't explain except to say that the French are notorious racists. This type is linguistic discrimination is widespread throughout the Open Source culture, lampooned by many of its more popular sites.

It is also a fact that all Unix 'distros' contain a plethora of racist commands with not so hidden symbolism.

It can hardly be coincidence that the prime operating system of choice of the 'open source supremacists' - Linux, features commands which are poorly disguised racist acronyms. For example: 'awk' (All White Klan) , 'sed' (shoot nEgroes dead), 'ln' (lynch negroes), 'rpm' (raical purity mandatory), 'bash' (bring a slave home), 'ps' (persecute sambo), 'mount' (murder or unseat nubians today), 'fsck' (favored supreme Christian klan). I could go on and on about the latent racist symbolism in Linux, but I fear it would take weeks to enumerate every incidence.

Is there a single unix command out there that does not have some hidden racist connotation ? Suffice it to say that the racism pervades Linux like a particularly bad smell. Can you imagine the effect of running such a racist operating system on the impressionable mind ? I don't have to remind you that transmitting subliminal messages is banned in the USA, and yet here we have an operating system that appears to be one enormous submliminal ad for the Klan!

One of the few selling points of Open Source software is that it is available in many different languages. Browsing through the list I see that absolutely none are offered in Swahili, nor Ebonics. Obviously this is done to prevent black people from having access to the kernel. If it weren't for the fact that racism is so blatantly evil I would be impressed by the efforts these Open Sourcers have invested in keeping their little hobby lilly white. It even appears that they hate the Japanese, as some of these self proclaimed hackers defaced a web site with anti-Japanese slogans. Hell, these people even go all the way to Africa (South Africa mind you, better known as White Africa) and the pictures prove that they don't even get close to a black person.

Of course, presenting overwhelming evidence such as this is a bit unfair without some attempt to determine why these Open Sourcers are so racist. Much of the evidence I have collected indicates that their views are so deeply held that they are seldom questioned by the new recruits. This, coupled with the robot-like groupthink that dominates the culture allows the racist mindset to continue to permeate the ranks. Indeed, the Open Source version of a Klan rally, OSDN (known to the world as Open Source Developer's Network, known to insiders as Open Source Denies Negroes) nearly stands up and shouts its racist views on its demographics page. It doesn't mention the black man one single time. Obviously, anyone involved with Open Source doesn't need to be told that the demographic is entirely white, it is a given.

I have a sneaking suspicion as to why their beliefs are so closely held: they are all terrible athletes.

Really. Much like the tragedy at Columbine High School, where two geeks went on a rampage to get back at 'jocks', these adult geeks still bear the emotional scars inflicted upon them due to their lack of athletic ability during their teen years. As African-Americans are well known for their athletic skills, they are an obvious target for the Open Source geeks. As we all know, sports builds character, thus it follows that the lack of sports destroys character. These geeks, locked away in their rooms, munching on stale pizza and Fritos, engage in no character building activities. Further, they interact only with computers and never develop the level of social skill that allows normal people to handle relationships with persons of color.

Contrasted with the closed source, non-geeky software house Microsoft, Open Source has a long, long way to go.

Re:Open Source? More like Openly Racist (1)

KoalaBear33 (687260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420760)

Only read the first bit... completely useless post but hey, I'm unemployed and have no life :(

Alan Cox; Richard Stallman; Bruce Perens; Wichert Akkerman; Miguel DeIcaza. What do you see in this list of names? Are there any African-Americans on it? Absolutely not, none of those names sound like one a self-respecting black person would have!

How can you really guess whether a person is black based on their names? If you are talking about Africa or something, I can see what you mean. But nearly all African Americans have European names.

KoalaBear33

About time (1)

hamtux6 (572649) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420077)

It's about time someone does this. First off, open source developers deserve money for a good product (especially if it's comparable to a commercial product that there are paid programmers working on). Second, and perhaps more importantly, this can help attract higher quality programmers with more direction that will make higher quality products, and it can perhaps weed out some projects of promise that stagnate over time.

Go OSI.

Re:About time (1, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420210)

Nobody deserves money for anything they produce unless they can and do sell it for money. Open source developers need to realize, and most of them do, that no one is going to pay you to create software on your own time. Sure, you can make money off of it by selling it to others, but if you're developing it for the sole purpose of giving it out for free, complete with source code, you don't deserve nor should you expect any sort of monetary gain.

It's nice that these awards are coming out, because maybe it will give someone a little more motivation to do what they were going to do anyway. But it's not going to produce more open source projects on its own, nor will it attract high quality money-motivated programmers, because if you're in it for the money, you're not going to be writing open source projects without a salary anyway.

Re:About time (2, Insightful)

Homology (639438) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420477)

Ah well, the parent must be a troll, but quite a few subscribe to so mercantile and narrow minded views.

Nobody deserves money for anything they produce unless they can and do sell it for money.

This view of production is quite naive. Alot of stuff is produced that is not sold, even though the producers get money for their work. An example is mathematicians that produce mathematical knowledge, and are paid for their work by grants and/or saleries. Most mathematics that are produced are certainly not gonna be "sold" in the near future, if ever.

... nor will it attract high quality money-motivated programmers, because if you're in it for the money, you're not going to be writing open source projects without a salary anyway.

Programmers that are just motivated by money are usually not high quality programmers. They tend to leave an unmaintainable buggy mess after themselves.

There are Open Source projects that have paid programmers. An example is the Norwegian company Systems In Motien (www.sim.no) that have the Open Source 3D API Coin3D (www.coin3d.org)

Re:About time (1)

KoalaBear33 (687260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420730)

This view of production is quite naive. Alot of stuff is produced that is not sold, even though the producers get money for their work. An example is mathematicians that produce mathematical knowledge, and are paid for their work by grants and/or saleries. Most mathematics that are produced are certainly not gonna be "sold" in the near future, if ever.

What the original poster is kind of true. Under PURE capitalism, what you are saying will likely not be true. Once capitalists are done implementing their vision, your description of the events will likely be false. For example, once schools are privatized (I mean ALL schools; not one here and there), chances of people producing knowledge or work for the public good will almost become extinct. Private institutions will not produce goods for the public good. I hate to see it but I really can't see a private school paying mathematicians if they can't make money off them (of course, this will only happen when the private sector stops hiring math graduates since their skills aren't very practical--needless to say, this is already true to some extent).

KoalaBear33

Re:About time (1)

Homology (639438) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420873)

Under PURE capitalism, what you are saying will likely not be true

There no such thing as pure capitalism. There are quite variations, where the current US neo-liberal type is very dominant. Communism may be concidered a form of state capitalism. Scandinavian countries have a mixture of state and private capitalism.

For example, once schools are privatized (I mean ALL schools; not one here and there), chances of people producing knowledge or work for the public good will almost become extinct

History shows otherwise, and even today there are many private institutions in USA that are financing production of knowledge for the public good; though they do get alot of public funding.

Re:About time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420554)

It's a good way to drum up buzz around projects that may deserve more hands working on them or more recognition, though. THe money is almost a side-feature.

This is great! (1)

fishynet (684916) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420090)

Perhaps this will cause even more people to start codeing!

Re:This is great! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420124)

You are an idiot.

Real "codeing" is worth way more. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420241)

Man, he really was an idiot. Real coders start coding for way more than $10,000...I'm talking six figure salary coders...who can actually spell "coding" (not just "codeing" like that idiot) - not like these OSS hacks.

Moderators: mod parent up!

Open sores (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420098)

Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) A 13-year-old boy whose bizarre ailment has a fly-like insect emerging out of him is far from being cured as doctors struggle to detect the source of the parasite.

The fully-grown flies, as doctors described the parasites, have been emerging out of Chandan Goswami's genitals and flying off for more than two weeks now.

Chandan, now receiving treatment at a state-run hospital in West Bengal's Burdwan district, is said to be suffering from a condition called myiasis, a disease seen mostly in Central and Latin America.

In myiasis, the larvae of a type of fly invade a human or animal body, dead or alive. The deposited eggs can then enter the body through pores, the mucous membrane or even the mouth. The hatched larvae then emerge out the host's skin and pupate.

However, in Chandan's case, whole flies complete with wings are emerging out of his body and flying off.

"This is very, very rare. We are trying to find out how the fly entered the boy's body," says Sudhansu Pan, the surgeon attending Chandan.

Doctors carried out a cystoscopy to clear the boy's urinary tract, but the treatment has failed because two more flies emerged out of his penis on Monday.

Doctors admitted they have not been able to identify where the parasite deposit lay inside Chandan's body.

Health authorities have formed a medical board of seven doctors to treat Chandan. Doctors were also "coordinating" with physicians abroad who have experience in dealing with myiasis.

In myiasis, the maggots usually are found underneath the skin and are removed by minor surgery. But whole flies emerging out of a human body is rare, doctors said.

Chandan told doctors he first felt pain in his abdomen almost a month ago. And then he saw the flies intermittently coming out of his penis.

He told his parents, but they didn't initially believe him. Earlier this month, they saw the strange occurrence and took their son to Burdwan hospital, where doctors too were stunned to see the rare case.

coolio (4, Funny)

radiumhahn (631215) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420111)

This could entice Microsoft employees to leak windows code! At least in my world it could. You can't have mine! Get your own unicorns! Ack! Spiders!

Whatever you do (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420154)

Don't throw a party for the winners, it's _*VERY*_ large leagel liabillity so DON'T do it. Here is my experiance about throwing a developers party....

First, there was a plan: how to bring together the different development groups at work? My boss said there was a sort of tension he thought could be eased by some social interaction. Not easy. Almost all of the different development groups despised each other, each thinking its "art" was more important and eloquent than the others'.

There was the kernel extension developer group, coding mostly in C and some PowerPC and x86 assembler. They worked on making our PCI board work with Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, QNX, and Solaris. They worked "special hours," coming in at one and staying late, supposedly, until seven or eight at night. They enjoyed Jizz cola and had a penchant for ThinkGeek t-shirts and cracking jokes about Win32 API calls and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

We had XML developers too. They worked on our website, documentation formatting, and simple apps to configure the driver software. They used HTML, XSL, JavaScript, and a bit of Java. They typically dressed casually, drank coffee and tea, and liked to work straight from the spec: no "Learn XSL in 30 Days" books were to be found in their cubicle farm.

Then we had the guys who wrote full-out UNIX apps. These guys and the products they wrote had been acquired from another company, and were the source of most of the tension: they'd never really been integrated into our group except that they were physically present with the rest of us. They all had beards or mullets or long, unwashed hair. Many wore suspenders or the afore-mentioned ThinkGeek clothes; some even had Penguin tatooes or small C app code tattooed on them. Their cubicle farm was known for the bleating laughter that exploded when one of them found a "silly" bug on someone else's code, and for the rotten, fetid stench that could only be compared to three-day-old shit reeking from inside a rotting corpse's abdominal cavity.

So, in order to get the guys to "know each other" my boss had asked me to organize a during-hours, alcohol-friendly party. My ideas ranged from a keg or two to live entertainment, AKA strippers. But as to what to get them to actually talk to each other in a human manner I had no clue. So I let it go til the last minute and decided to let my inherent creativity mull it over in the back of my head.

When the day of the party had arrived, the catering company brought in a few trays of lunch meat, chicken, pizza, and side dishes, I had picked up the kegs (all four) from the local brewery, and the big-screen TV and DVD were set up ready to blast the Matrix into the eyes and ears of my co-workers. The eagerness in the the air was encouraging and I thought that loosening up and smiles going on even now were a good sign. I even saw some of the guys who'd known each other previously begin to bunch up, bringing along the co-workers they knew from everyday work.

The first thing everyone did was hit the food line, loading up their plates and grabbing a cup for beer to wash it down with. A few approached me and thanked me for the food; it seems appeasing the belly really did tame the beast. After a few minutes of silence and eating and a few second and third courses, they guys were ready to sit down and be entertained. After asking if anyone needed anything else before the movie started, the lights went out and the Matrix began playing. I heard a few enthusiastic comments and jokes being told.

About half-way through the movie I noticed a lot of the guys, especially from the UNIX app group, were getting up and presumably going to the restroom. No suprise, as the second keg was history by now and the third was probably half-way gone. I also noticed some of the guys bumping into things and stumbling. Alcohol's the social lubricant, eh? Well, not long after, my bladder beckoned and I answered. As I made my way to the restroom, I had a self-satisfied smile on my face: my little plan was working, my boss would be happy, and it might even a Christmas bonus or a promotion (even if in title only).

Well, as soon as I pushed the restroom door open, I knew something was wrong. The smell of vomit was pretty strong and I hoped that it'd only been the work of one guy. But the smell was so pungent! After standing at the urinal, waiting for the golden flow to commence, I stood in silence. It was then that I heard grunting. Listening intently for a few seconds, I hoped whoever was upchucking their beer and munchies wasn't leaving a huge mess for the cleanup crew. After pissing and still hearing the noise, I approached the stall the that moaning was coming from.

"Hey, you alright in there, man?" I asked cautiously.

I was met by silence for a moment. Then I heard a few grunts and concealed giggles. Something was up in there. It was then that I heard what sounded like crying and more moaning. What the fuck? I decided I needed to see what was going on. I didn't want this party to come crashing down around my ears. I pushed the door open hard and then gasped as I saw the most sordid, disgusting thing I'd ever seen in my life.

Standing on either side of the toilet were two if the UNIX app coders, their beards caked with vomit, their pants in puddles around ankles, with erect penises wagging in the air. Doubled over the toilet, his head nearly dunked in the swill, was one of the XML developers. His pants were also around his ankles and what appeared to be a combination of blood and semen were dripping from his torn, ragged anus. He was covered in vomit from head to toe, and he was crying hard into the toilet bowl, its echo an eerie accompaniment to the awful scene I was seeing but not believing.

They two Linux coders slowly turned and looked me straight in the eye, evil grins smeared across both of their bearded faces.

"What in Fuck's name are you doing!?" was all I could force out of my mouth. I still wasn't believing I was seeing this.

Saying nothing, both of the Linux coders rushed me. Being in such a tense state, I threw both of them off and made a break for the door. And the fucking thing wouldn't open. In the follow two seconds that seemed like an eternity, the door was pushed open my way and two more Linux coders came in. Upon seeing what was happening, they immediately grabbed me and were joined by the first two. I was trapped. Then the one guy, who was a dead-ringer for Rasputin, the mad Russian monk, gazed into my eyes and said in a feminine voice, "Looks like Mr. Party is gonna get a taste of the real action!" and cackled insanely.

Cold sweat spurted from the pores on my foreheads and cheeks as I was dragged by the four stinking, polluted hippies into the same stall their previous victim was in. Rasputin spoke again, excitement in his voice.

"Thanks for the pizza and beer, now it's time for the weeners and buns!"

Immediately the first two slogged their pants off and got down on their knees. The other two put there knees in my back and held me on top of the first victim, who now appeared to be unconscious. I heard their belts coming off and their zippers coming down, and some rustling around told me that their pants were coming down also. Then the first two started sucking off the other two, in what I could only call the most enthusiastic blowjobs I'd ever seen in my life. The moaning and slurping sounds turned my stomach and I retched. I could see why the first guy might have vomited.

Eventually Rasputin and his cohort started moaning more loudly, and one of them said "fifteen seconds." This was followed by a series of rapid-fire belching and burping that shook me up and down on the guy underneath me. After about fifteen seconds, all Hell broke loose. The two guys behind me started vomiting on the two guys fellating them and I saw cumshot shoot and mix with the vomit all over the two cocksuckers' faces. It was then that I almost lost. I finally did refund when the first two vile fluids were followed by streams of piss. I heard swallowing and dripping and I yacked all over their first victim's head.

Rasputin cried out like a little girl in ecstasy. "Oh god, I'd been waiting for that all night! This party fuckin' roxorz my coxor!"

Now it was my turn, it seemed, as all four started tearing my pants down. Chunks of vomit-piss-semen fell on my back and soaked through my t-shirt. It was reviling. I shuddered as I felt their cold, clammy hands in my ass-crack and a very indelicate reacharound on my ball-sack. At this point I had no idea who was doing what, and I was just praying that I'd wake up and realize I was drunk and dreaming a la nightmare.

Just then I heard the door boom open and my boss's voice fill the air. The stall door was open and he saw right away the turgid scene transpiring in front of him. His voice was immediately followed by two others, XML developers I knew, and they flew into the stall as best they could and began a fight to save my asshole. The poor guy underneath me had just woken up and started struggling and the extra weight of eight other bodies in the stall must have been suffocating.

"It'll be all right, buddy," I offered to him.

Within thirty seconds I was to my feet and was delivering the most heart-felt kicks to the guts of the rapist faggot Linux coders. Between me, my boss, and the two XML developers, we had the gang of four knocked out in a sloppy, excrement-filled pile of hairy body.

It's now been a month since this horrible incident and I am in regular therapy with a sexual abuse counselor. In response to the terrible outcome of this party, my boss toyed with the idea of selling the group off to another company, sans the four hippies who'd been fired and arrested. After considerable urging on my part, and very open ear from my boss, the whole group was dissolved and the Linux coders lost their jobs. Their product was delayed by a year as my boss began hiring a new development team. We'd found evidence that the whole group had been involved in the planning of the gang- bangs and that had it not been for us everyone would have had a "turn" in the stalls.

If there's one thing we learned from this tragedy is that Linux coders, users, and advocates are desperate cock-lusting homosexual faggots that can't be trusted in any situation, let alone a restroom setting. You've been warned.

On the positive side, though, the whole incident brought solidarity between the other groups in the company and I am now on schedule to get a huge Christmas package that not only includes a gigantic bonus but a month's worth of paid time off and a real promotion.

MOD PALENT UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420225)

This is 5, infolmative, it teh TLUTH!

Horrible (1)

puckhead (241973) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420330)

That's one of the worst posts I've ever seen on Slashdot [slashdot.org] .

Is it split? (2, Interesting)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420155)

Open source software is generally written by much more than one person. Would the winner have to split her winnings with hundreds of others, or would the award go to whoever led the project?

Re:Is it split? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420162)

No it isn't.

Re:Is it split? (2, Informative)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420275)

That would be up to the person who receives the award. I could imagine that on my project if I received a $500 award I would split it with the other people who make the most contribution to the project. OSI itself is unlikely to try to make that determination for a project leader. John.

CommentTrack1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420414)

Why "she"? Why assume it would be a female?

Use the singular "they".

Re:CommentTrack1 (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420447)

I think it's kind of funny thinking of a chick winning the prize. It brings up all kinds of questions and issues, like why aren't there more chicks in open source software? Using "they" would just make me sound like a moron.

Re:Is it split? (1)

Daniel Quinlan (153105) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420637)

Open source software is generally written by much more than one person. Would the winner have to split her winnings with hundreds of others, or would the award go to whoever led the project?

A lot of the larger open source projects have non-profit corporations behind them, so any rewards could go there. Apache, Mozilla, Free Standards Group, GNU, SPI (Debian's corporation), and quite a few more.

I'd prefer if such a large reward could go somewhere with financial oversight rather than a founder. If it's a one-man project, though, I'd be happy to see it go into his pocket.

Daniel

LETS LAY OFF MORE PEOPLE (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420157)

By participating in stuff like this, all we are doing is getting more profits into the hands of big hardware and software integration companies, and getting more people laid off. The idea of Open Source is great for these companies because they dont have to pay for development costs, and they can make bigger profits that way. Who gets the shaft? software developers like you and me. Every body else is happy because they can get very cheap software on multiple patforms all they paid for a few core developers.

This OSS stuff has has done to software developers what MP3 has done to musicians. Eveybody is happy with the free stuff except the innovators who have to scrape by.

Dont fall into this trap, sponsered by greedy hardware companies that couldnt care less about paying for software.

Re:LETS LAY OFF MORE PEOPLE (1)

chaosandmadness (647086) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420650)

You are so confused. You've just about got it exactly backwards, so perhaps I'm missing your sarcasm or something. Open Source is good for developers who are familiar with it, because companies almost always need additional features or support that aren't in the default build, and thus need developers to create these features for them and support the systems they run on. This applies also to QA and sysadmin people, as well as developers. If you think OSS ruins the job market for developers and system/software support people, you need to think some more about it and where you can fit in this new chain. For small companies that don't want to keep a fulltime dev/QA/sysadmin but still use OSS, the opportunities for consultants is excellent.

/. is a significant contribution to open source (0)

puckhead (241973) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420169)

just sayin'

Re:/. is a significant contribution to open source (1)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420404)

That's a good point and there's nothing in the Open Source Awards that says that /. couldn't get an award. In fact the Special Awards (Silver) are designed for whatever purpose the electors want. So they could give an award to /. or some other entity that has helped a lot. It's really a catch all.

John.

OSI? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420178)

I mean the 7 layer stack is nice and all, but don't they know that TCP/IP is the standard these days?

Re:OSI? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420216)

You know the quality of trolls on slashdot has really gone down lately.

SO POST YOUR OWN GODDAMN JOKES, FUCKNUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420309)

We can't do it all alone!

Re:SO POST YOUR OWN GODDAMN JOKES, FUCKNUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420630)

Ok so maybe it wasn't a troll. It's a fine line.

troll leveling. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420339)

Elfwind the Sorcerer: How can there be trolls? I cast a spell of warding before we set out on this article!

DM Taco: The trolls appeared in a previous /. article *before* you cast the spell, so now there's trolls, okay?

Elfwind: Fine. I cast a spell. Stinking cloud!

DM Taco: Your spell has no adverse effect. In fact, the trolls seem to kind of like it.

Elfwind: Blast these foul beasts! Where is my warrior-friend Ironfist of the mountain?

Ironfist: *yawn* What's all the racket? You need somethin' boss?

Elfwind: I need a little distraction while I mix some components for a fireball spell!

Ironfist: You got it sir! Attacks the trolls

Elfwind: Mixes a few spell components

Ironfist: destroys all the trolls with ease

Ironfist: That was easy....those must've been low-level trolls.

Elfwind: Oh shit! Where did all the trolls go?

DM Taco: In your surprise, you've fumbled the components of your fireball spell, sending your entire party into the sweet embrace of death. Game over.

Entire Party: *CURSES*

The End

And the moral of the story? Always follow the recipe.

Re:troll leveling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420644)

Whats this? 1) Mash trolls 2) ???? 3) Experience That gives me a strange idea for competitive trolling. Each person in the group gets together with the GM to create a character, Physics troll, spelling Nazi etc. And the GM sends them off to troll a variety of different online forums to gain experience, with more experience you can use more tools such as auto-trolling and rude pictures. I can picture it now. GM: For getting a thrity post argument about who really invented the can-opener, you earn yourself a Vorpal Goatse picture. It is hosted on www.micorsoft.com to sucker unwary posters.

Re:OSI? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420361)

I know, and what happened to those perverted sexual stories? I enjoyed reading some of those. Cowboy Neil must be on vacation.

Venture firm (3, Insightful)

overshoot (39700) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420197)

Makes a lot of sense. Venture firms in general have been hurting lately thanks to the depressing influence of the-monopoly-who-shall-not-be-named. If a little seed money can help break things open, it could pay off handsomely. Of course, having first crack at people with serious ability is probaby worth the ante all by itself.

Re:Venture firm (2, Informative)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420260)

That's one reason that we contacted VC firms. They are smart enough to realize that knowing the smart engineers (many of whom are working on OSS projects) is the way that they are going to make future money. John.

The Award Categories (3, Informative)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420213)

The Open Source Awards categories include:

The Grand Master Award: This award will be given to persons with an outstanding record of contributions to the open-source and Internet cultures. Ideal candidates will have a record not only of technical excellence but of community leadership and service. Along with the recognition as Grand Master, the recipient will receive $10,000 and an invitation to serve as an elector on the collegium that issues the awards.

Merit Awards: These awards will be given four times per year for work on specific open-source or network-service projects. Recipients will be recognized at the annual event and will receive a cash award of $500.

The Special Award - These awards may occasionally be conferred at the Awards Committee's discretion as a way of recognizing praiseworthy projects or conduct not covered by the existing regular categories and experimenting with new categories. Recipients will be recognized at the annual event and will receive a cash award of $1500.

The Judges (3, Informative)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420290)

Jeremy Allison, one of the lead developers on the Samba Team, a group of programmers developing an open source Windows(tm) compatible file and print server product for UNIX systems. Allison handles the release engineering and the co-ordination of Samba development efforts worldwide and acts as a corporate liaison to companies using the Samba code commercially.

Larry Augustin, a venture partner at Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software, systems, and related IT infrastructure technologies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of VA Software Corporation (as chairman), the Open Source Development Lab, Linux International, and the Free Standards Group. Previously he was conference chairman for LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, and served on the conference advisory board. Augustin has appeared as a regular columnist in Linux Magazine, has written numerous articles, and is the author of "Hardware Design and Simulation in VAL/VHDL," published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Jim Gettys, a member of HP Labs' Cambridge Research Lab, currently working on making open source systems safe on handheld computers. He helped found the handhelds.org community. In 1984, Gettys started the X Window System that forms the base technology of the Linux and UNIX desktops, on which Gnome and KDE are based. Gettys worked at W3C on loan from Compaq Computer Corporation's Industry Standards and Consortia group from 1995-1999. He is the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification (now an IETF Draft Standard).

Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick, author, consultant, and professor on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he implemented the 4.2BSD fast file system and was the research computer scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG), overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD. He has been a strong advocate for the open-source movement since its inception in the mid 1980s.

Keith Packard, developer of open source software since 1986. Packard has focused on the X Window System since 1987, designing and executing large parts of the current implementation. He is currently employed by HP as a member of the Cambridge Research Laboratory working on pervasive and mobile computing. In 1999, he received a Usenix Lifetime Achievement award for his work on the X Window System.

Eric S. Raymond, observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. His own software projects include one of the Internet's most widely-used email transport programs. Raymond is the co-founder of the Open Source Awards.

Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, one of the major free scripting languages. He created Python in the early 1990s at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands, and is still actively involved in the development of the language. van Rossum recently accepted a position at Elemental Security, a start-up founded by Dan Farmer.

Err, Samba is not free! (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420516)

It's Pizzaware [ve.cnr.it] !
(see point 1.8 for details)

Thanks JohnGrahamCumming ! (1)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420791)

But the question is, where is he cumming from? Perhaps a place where people cut'n'paste multiple pages from the article into the comments to reap twice the karma!

From the awards ceremony ... (4, Funny)

DogIsMyCoprocessor (642655) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420313)

<flamebait>

The nominees in the category of Longest Lived Project to Never Release 1.0 are -

  • Enlightenment
  • the HURD
  • JDOM

And the winner is ... the HURD! (Cue music as RMS goes up to the stage).

</flamebait>

Re:From the awards ceremony ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420380)

Over 10 years ago I was told by someone at the FSF that Hurd 1.0 was going
to be released in December 1993. It looks like the release date slipped a little.

Just hold on a minute (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420373)

I'd like to see the nominees battle it out in a Survivor-type contest before the cash is awarded.

Re:Just hold on a minute (1)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420416)

Just working on an OSS project is a "Survivor-type contest" because you are constantly battling for your own survival.

John.

SOME MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU ASS PLOWING NIGGERS (-1, Offtopic)

ADOT Troll (687975) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420374)

Northbound SR 51 to be closed between I-10 and Colter Street, all ramps to enter SR 51 north closed July 12-14
July 10, 2003

Construction on State Route 51 will close the freeway's northbound lanes between I-10 and Colter Street and all ramps to enter northbound SR 51 this weekend while crews install drainage pipes under the freeway, widen the bridge over McDowell Road and make repairs to the freeway pavement.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) says northbound SR 51 will be closed between I-10 and Colter Street, just north of Camelback Road, from 1 a.m. Saturday (July 12) until 5 a.m. Monday (July 14).

All ramps from I-10 and Loop 202 to go north on SR 51 will be closed. The westbound I-10 entrance ramp at Washington Street and the northbound SR 51 entrance ramps at McDowell, Thomas and Indian School roads also will be closed all weekend.

Drivers will be detoured north on 16th Street and 24th Street while SR 51 is closed.

Southbound SR 51 will be narrowed to one lane between Colter Street and Highland Street from 1 a.m. Saturday (July 12) until 5 a.m. Monday (July 14).

The southbound SR 51 ramp to go west on I-10 and head toward the Deck Park Tunnel will be closed from 1 a.m. Saturday (July 12) until 5 a.m. Monday (July 14). Drivers will be detoured to eastbound I-10 and can use Washington Street to reach the downtown area.

McDowell Road will be closed on both sides of SR 51 from 8 p.m. Friday (July 11) until 5 a.m. Monday (July 14) while crews restripe McDowell and widen the SR 51 bridge over McDowell. All freeway entrance and exit ramps at McDowell Road also will be closed.

The construction work is part of the $75 million SR 51 project to add HOV lanes in each direction between I-10 and Shea Boulevard, higher sound walls, rubberized asphalt pavement and operational improvements to the freeway.

SR 51 construction information is available at www.SR51.com or by calling the project hotline at 602-248-3098. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2004

Sun, Slashdot, Schizophrena link found. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420389)

Scientists today found a link between schizophrenia and stories about Sun microsystems.

13:00 Sun contributes funds to SCO who is evil encarnate. Sun determined to be son of Satan.

16:00 Sun contributes funds to open source award foundation. Sun determined to be worthy of sainthood.

18:00 Sun steals candy from baby.

20:00 Sun rescues puppy from drain pipe.

I feel like I am in a Jim Carrey movie!

My VOTE is for the ReactOS Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420427)

They have quite a few Windows drivers and apps working now.

Re:My VOTE is for the ReactOS Project (1)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420443)

We are going to open up a nominations mailing list through the OSI web site that I'll be moderating and will look for nominations like this.

Thanks,
John.

$10000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420478)

1: write some open source code
2: ????
3: PROFIT s

Is there a FUD award? (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420488)

Cus we all know who would win it :)

Except that ... (1)

staaktdenarbeid (620908) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420501)

OSI is going to be giving Open Source Awards with cash prizes of up to $10,000. The idea is to create the "Nobel Prizes" of Open Source.
... a Nobel Prize amounts to 10M SEK (125 K$) [nobel.se] . Mind the units !

Open Source: serious problem here (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6420550)


I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Open Source fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of a Linux box (a P4 3200 w/1024 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. 20 minutes. At home, on my Athlon 900 running Windows XP, which by all standards should be a lot slower than this Linux box, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.
In addition, during this file transfer, Mozilla will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even vi is straining to keep up as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while working on various Linux machines, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a Linux box that has run faster than its Windows counterpart, despite the Linux machine's faster chip architecture. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram runs faster than this 3200 mhz machine at times. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that Linux is a "superior" OS.

Open Source addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use an Open Source over other faster, cheaper, more stable systems.

Re:Open Source: serious problem here (1)

KoalaBear33 (687260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6420676)

I'm not sure why copying files would take that long--especially hard drive to hard drive. I know that Linux isn't so good when it comes to accessing mounted drives like CD-ROMs and floppy (floppy support is horrible in Linux right now). But hard drive should be ok. Maybe there is something wrong with your hard drive, or something is misconfigured.

As far as stability is concerned, Linux (the operating system) is very stable. You rarely ever have to reboot if something crashes or if you change your settings. However, the desktop applications aren't so great yet. Mozilla seems to be slow and I have had some apps crash (even the excellent GIMP)

System requirements for Windows and Linux are pretty much identical (unless you are running a barebones server or some specialized box, in which case Linux is better). I have dual-boot Win98SE/Win2000 and Mandrake 9.1 on a PIII-450 with 384MB RAM and performance is similar between all of them. Linux takes longer to boot up but other than that, it is just as fast.

So far there are two main advantages of Linux: (i) stability (especially if you try running servers), (ii) free or low-cost applications. Regardless of how you look at it, Linux is far more attractive for home users and small/medium businesses. Both of these segments don't have a lot of money to spend and GNU/Linux offers them a lot of applications. For instance, buying Mandrake or Red Hat or SuSE for $100 will basically give you an OS+office suite+image editors+internet tools. On the Windows side, you would have to purchase many individual components. In Linux, if you want to create a graphic for your website, you can use GIMP. If you wnat ot upload the files, just use the free FTP GUI program--Windows doesn't have one. And so on.

The way I see it... those that are cost-conscious (basically lower-middle class and lower) will likely go with Linux in the future. While those that don't care about money, will probably stick with Windows.

KoalaBear33

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