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ZA LUG Launches Operation FreeTux

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the free-to-be-me dept.

Education 17

David Son writes "On the celebration of Youth Day (June 16) in South Africa, a volunteer group of Linux enthusiasts (SLUG - Schools Linux Users Group), teachers, learners and community members set about installing 240 refurbished thin clients, 10 servers and 250 network cables at 10 schools in the Western Cape, in three hours. In a carefully co-ordinated effort called Operation FreeTux, SLUG members displayed their support for the Open Source movement by implementing Linux and K12 educational software at the 10 schools simultaneously, and at the same time transferring skills and knowledge to the school community."

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GNAA launches operation FuckAnuses (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9447956)

GNAA announces hostile takeover of Electronic Arts
Zeikfried - Reuters, Nigeria.
In a hushed press conference held at the GNAA compound in blackest Nigeria, the cream of the journalistic crop from IGN, Gamespot, Gamespy and various other overpriced ad-infested shitholes gathered from across 4 continents to witness what has been described as the most shocking announcement of the post-E3 market. The purchase of a controlling stock in industry leading publisher Electronic Arts by the increasingly aggressive venture capitalists of the GNAA.
After keeping the illiterate troglodytes waiting for several hours, leading GNAA members Timecop, Penisbird and goat-see, along with Electronic Arts president and CEO John Riccitiello, pulled up in the specially commissioned GNAA Limo, now fully armoured to protect from the ever present threat of terrorism from zionist #politics oppers. All four were, as usual, stark naked due to the searing Nigerian heat, and were instantly greeted by a cacophony of flashbulbs and excited chatter from the wretched sodomites and college dropouts that populate the world of gaming, including a shower from the furiously masturbating IGN editor Matt Cassamassina.
"This is a new day for Electronic Arts" exploded the now fully erect Riccitiello, "and a new day for the Gay Nigger Association of America. Now no longer will the significant Gay Nigger minority be ignored by the racist cartels and Japanese Xenophobes that hold a tight noose on the gaming industry."
Shortly afterwards, following a brutal anal violation by nordic Gay Nigger DiKKy, the now broken and bleeding John Riccitiello was replaced by the newly appointed head of the GNAAs gaming division, Zeikfried Tuvai.
"This change is no mere financial step, or a changing of the guard, this will be an absolute fucking revolution. Work on our titles has already begun, I shit you not."
Tragically the conference was then cut short by a failed assassination attempt on the GNAA leadership by efnet #politcs opper and known fascist paedophile "Pickle", who was quickly disarmed by GNAA security and silenced by a large black phallus. However a press release has been issued to Reuters and the Associated Press, and is as follows:

Shitflood Gaia (GC/PS2/Xbox) Q4 2004 - A management sim, where the otaku scum of internet have gathered into a single drinking hole for quick extermination. The player must control his assets wisely to gain the maximum number of bites from the unsuspecting and unintelligent regulars in order to max out his LastMeasure meter and gain access to his most potent weapon, floodphpbb.

Americas Army - Operation #politics (PC (Windows Only)) Q4 2004 - GNAA/EA and the armed forces of the United States of America unite to bring the reality of the T.W.A.T to your Windows box this Christmas. This third-person shooter throws you in charge of the GNAA efnet black ops, as you struggle against corrupt IRC operators, Mossad agents, Nick Berg's head and eventually FreeTrade himself in an explosive struggle in the name of freedom and democracy.

Penisbird's Cock Perch Panic (GBA) Q1 2005 - A coup by OSDN shock troops threatens to overthrow the President, defeat the unwashed scum by guiding Penisbird onto their prone member, disarming them once and for all. As you move through the levels you must dodge traps laid by the increasingly desperate CmdrTaco, including CowboyNeal himself. Can you avoid his sentient rolls of lard to perch on CowboyNeal's notoriously miniscule penis? Find out for yourself in 2005!

About EA:
Electronic Arts (EA) is the world's leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems such as the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System, the PlayStation®, Xbox(TM) video game console from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and the Game Boy® Advance. Since its inception, EA has garnered more than 700 awards for outstanding software in the U.S. and Europe.
EA markets its products worldwide under four brand logos and has over 33 product franchises that have reached more than a million unit sales worldwide.
EA headquarters is located in Redwood City, California

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GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) is the fastest-growing GAY NIGGER community with THOUSANDS of members all over United States of America. You, too, can be a part of GNAA if you join today!

Why not? It's quick and easy - only 3 simple steps!

First, you have to obtain a copy of GAY NIGGERS FROM OUTER SPACE THE MOVIE [] and watch it.

Second, you need to succeed in posting a GNAA "first post" on [] , a popular "news for trolls" website

Third, you need to join the official GNAA irc channel #GNAA on, and apply for membership.
Talk to one of the ops or any of the other members in the channel to sign up today!

If you are having trouble locating #GNAA, the official GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA irc channel, you might be on a wrong irc network. The correct network is Niggernet, and you can connect to as our official server. If you do not have an IRC client handy, you are free to use the GNAA Java IRC client by clicking here [] .

If you have mod points and would like to support GNAA, please moderate this post up.

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is this really for developers? (2, Insightful)

chochos (700687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9447979)

Don't get me wrong, what the note says is great and I wish that more things like this happen. But does this note really belong in the Developers section? Does anything Linux-related automatically end up here?

Re:is this really for developers? (1)

Chi-Sing (788793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9461036)

I notice that your website refers to saving the rainforest (am I mistaken?). The hope here is that the youth will be saved from mediocre systems that are presumably given away freely by another OS company. The contention is that Linux and Open Source software is the preferred route in achieving true software Freedom, especially to communities that cannot afford the other OS and are disadvantaged as they do not have access to other forms of education-enhancing tools such as computers. The model that has been achieved here promotes the use of Linux and encourages the communities to seek other ways of addressing the inadequacies of the current education system. For a 'third-world' country to achieve this using Linux enthusiasts and volunteers is remarkable, and exemplifies the many uses of free open source systems such as Linux. Idealistically, we could certainly benefit greatly from the interest of developers in achieving an Open Source educational model for the our community of schools. There is a developer website, should anyone be interested.

Re:is this really for developers? (1)

chochos (700687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9463786)

The website is not mine, but it certainly is for saving the rainforest (disclaimer: I'm not a tree hugger or anything of the sort, but it's a problem that concerns me since I've seen the mindless and pointless devastation of forests and have lived its consequences).
I happen to live in a so-called 'third-world' country myself. I use Linux everyday, and I'm an active developer in two open source projects (and not-so-active in another two). I think that the news posted here is pretty cool and Something Good, and I hope something like that would happen in schools here in Mexico. I was just saying that the news seems to be completely unrelated to Developers (except maybe for any developers directly involved in the software that was installed in these school).
More and more I think there should be a section about Linux gaining popularity, or open source to the masses or something like that. This news would fit perfectly there, as would many other postings in this site that usually end up in the Developers section (and yes, I know that the whole site focuses on open source but still...)

Re:is this really for developers? (1)

Chi-Sing (788793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466965)

I would tend to agree with you on the category of posting. I was surprised that it appeared under Developers, when I had selected "Linux". Perhaps there should be an advocacy slot :-) Thanks for your comments.

In other news.... (1)

oO Peeping Tom Oo (750505) | more than 10 years ago | (#9448110)

....500 armchair sysadmins compensated by doing a network install of Microsoft Windows XP Professional machines.

Youth Day? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9448537)

"Youth Day"?

Man, and I thought we had stupid holidays and stuff in America.

So is Youth Day a day where you celibrate young people or a day where young people get off their asses and do some work?

Re:Youth Day? (2, Informative)

deep2k (640705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9450076)

Information regarding Youth Day []

Re:Youth Day? (1)

Outsider_99 (761534) | more than 10 years ago | (#9451856)

Hey... Its a public holiday for us South Africans... dont mock it!

Re:Youth Day? (1)

Chi-Sing (788793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9460943)

The original piece was moderated and included an explaination which was left out: "It is appropriate, on the anniversary of the Soweto student uprising, which has become a symbol of the struggle and sacrifice of youth for freedom and democracy, the freedom of software is implemented for the benefit of ALL youth." More info on this site uthDay In America you celegrate Martin Luther King Jnr Holiday! Your site : Some commonality exists. Freedom belongs to ALL not a selected few. Chinese-South African

Never happen in the US. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9448572)

This would never (or rarely) happen in the United States. Schools are controlled by complex beauracracies and administrations and unions. You can't just go around helping out because you want to and you can't just give money to a school becuase you want to donate (it isn't fair to other schools/districts if you donate money to them rather than giving it to the government as taxes for them to distribute fairly).

No to mention, schools are too uneducated about technology and too much in bed with Microsoft and Apple to ever allow a bunch of geeks to donate equipment, time or services. In fact, if you walked into a school and said "I and a dozen other people would like to upgrade and revamp your school network and computers voluntarily", they'd probably say "thanks, but we can't do that" and shoo you away.

New Eco system ... (1)

turnin (698827) | more than 10 years ago | (#9450676)

A perfect illustration of a new eco system at its formative stages.

Re:New Eco system ... (1)

Chi-Sing (788793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9460972)

An eco-system none the less have we. It grows, evolves and will mature while other habitats with no other life excepting their own stagnates and dies.

Open source works for the people (1)

random_culchie (759439) | more than 10 years ago | (#9451183)

This is a perfect example of the benifits of open source. Without open source these children would have no network and no software!

Microsoft Held a similar event... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9451264)

Here's a microsoft and Sco version of this article:

"On the celebration of Youth Day (June 16) in South Africa, a highly paid group of Microsoft consultants and SCO sponsored lawyers set about demanding licenses for 240 refurbished thin clients, 10 servers and copies of XP at 10 schools in the Western Cape, in three hours. In a carefully coordinated effort called Operation MoreCa$h, SCO members displayed their support for the Closed Source movement by implementing lawsuits at the 10 schools simultaneously, and at the same time transferring much needed capital into a company swimming in red ink."

Hero Worship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9452546)

Amazing, showing everybody what it is all about, it actually truly embodies the idea and concept behind Youth Day, giving something to the youth so that they can build a better and brighter future for themselves, Man you guys really leave a long and wide snail trail...Well Done !!!

Why Install Everything Same Day? (1)

afriguru (784434) | more than 10 years ago | (#9477324)

... To install thin-client GNU/Linux networks at TEN schools around Cape Town
in ONE day. This is no easy task to accomplish, and much planning had to go into this project.
Frankly speaking, I don't see the point of doing it all in one day if it then has to involve more people and new layers of administration ("A team leader for each tuXlab was selected "). Am I missing something? Why do Linux installations have to be 'fested'?
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