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Queen of England Gets Red Hat

Roblimo posted more than 15 years ago | from the sun-never-sets-on-the-linux-empire dept.

Linux 150

Zerbey writes "According to Linux Today The Royal Family's web site is now running Red Hat as apposed to Solaris. See for yourself on Netcraft. Congratulations, Ma'am :) "

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Re:The Queen? -> Her power. (2)

MattXVI (82494) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674668)

Almost true. If there is an inconclusive parliamentary election, the Queen can appoint a Prime Minister, and it can be whomever she pleases. This has almost happened a number of times. Also, she can technically dissolve parliament and call for a new election at her whim. This, as you've said, is a prerogative not exercised since the time of Queen Anne. It probably wouldn't fly today, unless some very important crisis called for it.

All this ignores the real power of a Monarch, though. They have a sort of centrifugal effect on a country- they draw a sort of uber-loyalty that transcends mere politics. It's very valuable to have such a symbol of continuity and immutability, particularly in tough times. Ideally, they'd serve as a role model for the nation, though some royal families (the Windsors!!) have done an awful job of fulfilling this responsibility.

Maybe choosing Linux for Her Majesty's Web Servers is a good first step on the road to Windsor redemption.

Re:Is this an argument for BSD ? (1)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674669)

but ms uses bsd... and so do A LOT of isps, it's not like bsd is more obscure than linux or anything, sure less folks know about it but that doesn't make it less used. Just don't use redhat if you don't want to be using what they're using. Personally i don't find it cool to switch os'es because one is "less cool" than another. I don't use redhat- but only because i don't like a distrib that depends so heavily on their gui.
char *stupidsig = "this is my dumb sig";

"Ma'am"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674680)

This is only slightly off-topic.

Excuse me, sirs, but addressing the Queen of Britain as "ma'am" is just slightly disrespectful. "Your Majesty" would have been much more appropriate in this case.

Re:Those Royals (1)

Mr Windows (91218) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674681)

...the british will stop at nothing to keep their empire.

Not strictly true, for two reasons. Firstly, there's not much of an empire left (c.f. Hong Kong, handed back to China not so long ago), and Australia isn't part of the `empire' (on which, of course, the sun never sets :); it's part of the Commonwealth, which means that the Queen is officially head of state. Practically, it seems to mean the odd state visit here and there, to allow someone a pot-shot at Prince Charles :)

Re:Queen of *BRITAIN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674682)

Ah, David, nice to see this one brought out. Thing is it may not technically be correct.

She is (formally) Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Slight problem with this is that we are missing a Queen Elizabeth somewhere for this to work. Elizabeth Tudor was queen some time before the union of the crowns (James the VI and I was her successor) and the union of Parliament (1801 or thereabouts).

This technically means that by claiming the title Queen Elizabeth the Second she effectively rules herself out of contention to be the Queen of Scotland. Ain't history wonderful?

Re:Not the first time (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674683)

Well she probably has her own personal Linux guru to help her out. Hmm, wonder if I could get a job... :-)

Re:That's impressive. NOT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674684)

Isn't it interesting that the last time Britain went up against americans we kicked their butts and badly?

Of course I am talking about Argentina which despite what all you USAvians may think is on the South American continent and makes them american (small "a").


The Sun never sets on the British Commonwealth! (1)

tilly (7530) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674685)

That would be the current version of the old saying.

Incidentally back in my grandfather's day the wags used to add to that ...because God doesn't trust an Englishman in the dark.



firewall ? (1)

NoNsense (6950) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674686)

Couldnt it be that the Sun box was the firewall ?

The firewall (where I work) is running Solaris, and all of the servers in the DMZ are running IIS or apache. Perhaps the firewall has changed, or the firewall was changed to linux.

No way to tell, if they are behind a tuff firewall.

Re:I can see it now: (1)

Bogatyr (69476) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674687)

But the thought of having to address current Red Hat luminaries with titles is odd, "Sir Robert", "Lord Donnie", and so on.

Re:"Ma'am"? (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674688)

Well...officially you call her "Your Majesty" when first introduced and from then on can get away with "Ma'am". Point taken though :)

Re:"Ma'am"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674689)

Apparently she prefers "ma'am" (pronounced to rhyme with "jam", not "smarm"). Not that I've ever met her, mind ;)

Not the first time (3)

Squirtle (73289) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674692)

She was a RedHat user a year or so ago. Then she experimented with Solaris, but now she's back.

I bet she got sick of recompiling KDE and just installs it from RPMs nowadays.

Re:Not the first time (1)

warlock (14079) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674693)

Maybe she found Solaris licensees to expensive to maintain. Hmmm. Pehaps not - I guess there must have been another reason to switch to Red Hat. I wonder what.


Those Royals (2)

LordChaos (2432) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674696)

Now that Australia is voting to remove the royal family from the ruling status, they finally do something worthwhile. Maybe we should have options like this in our upcoming referendum:
Should Australia become a republic?
1 Yes
2 No
3 No, because they use linux

Perhaps this is the best thing related to the royal family that has happened in a long while :)

We can't be sure she's serious about Linux... (3)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674697)

...until she starts wearing a red hat instead of a crown.

Who made the decision? (2)

tilly (7530) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674700)

This is truly hearsay, but I heard that the decision was made by a sub-contractor. But still it is a nice decision and Red Hat should certainly see whether they can get the standard, By appointment to... line approved. (At least for their British sales.)



Why did she do it? (1)

Kitsune Sushi (87987) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674702)

I have no idea, but I kind of doubt it was due to monetary concerns.

I never did like SunOS or Solaris, though. At work the "time clock" runs on SunOS and is practically guaranteed to go down each and every day. I hate writing times down in a book.

Hail holy Queen enthroned above.. (1)

MrPlab (79403) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674704)

Glad to see everyone associates the Queen with RedHat now thanks to someone at the 700+ command of power making the decision :-)

But the queen does need a stable website like she needed that hip replacement. After all, if another one of the royals die, she can totally ignore their death on a stable server.

Fumbling towards royalty,

I can see it now: (4)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674706)

Red Hat Linux, By Appointment To Her Majesty The Queen.

Re:I can see it now: (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674708)

My original headline for this was "Tux: By Royal Appointment" *shrug*

It's slow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674709)

I mean it. 26 byte/sec does not impress me and it is just a 30 minute ride from here. But what can one expect from some bloody American distribution. First the Boston Tea Party and now this, you cannot get enough, eh ;)

Leaves the question what the White House is using ... HAHA !!

Cretin (1)

tobyp (10493) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674710)

Ghandi was killed by a Hindu nationalist - same as those right wing BJP arseholes who seem so keen on destroying mosques at the moment. Toby Poynder

This may be a bit off topic, but... (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674711)

...could any of you Linux experts give an old lady a hand?

Now that I got the server and the firewall running fine and dandy, I have been trying to set up a WWW site that would allow me to map the genealogical data of our fairly unique family tree. I'd like to find an application that would enable me to do this automatically.

All of the software I've tried so far crashes with "Too many unreferenced child nodes", "Circular references not permitted" or "Tree does not branch".

Any tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, dudes!

st4y k00l,

Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and West Indies^W^W^W

Re:Those Royals (1)

g.macdonald (65856) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674712)

I love reading all this crap about the Queen, it's really quite entertaining! Maybe 300 years ago, it would mean something, but today? Come on! The Queen holds no power over Great Britain, let alone Austalia and Canada. It's all -symbolic-!

BTW, most of us Brits really don't care about the Queen anyway, and whether people want or don't want the Queen to have anything to do with their country doesn't matter to us. We don't give a shit, and I seriously doubt the Queen cares much either.

Why not rant about something that has meaning in today's world, like Tibet or East Timor or something.

Re:We can't be sure she's serious about Linux... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674713)

But when she found out it wasn't optimized for
her linux boxen she switched to Mandrake. Look
here tm


Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674714)

An an american you should shut the hell up until you know absolutely anything about monarchies .. or history. Having said that I guess it's just hard for us to break 1800 years of tradition ...a

This is just the beginning (2)

Pelerin (33247) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674715)

In a move hailed by the Green Party, Christopher Hitchens, and Italian PM Massimo d'Alema, the Labour Party announced that they will use Slackware [] instead.

"Finally Labour is going back to its proletarian roots" an enthusiastic Christopher Hitchens was quoted as saying, expressing his hope that the adoption of OpenSource "will hasten the demise of that bunch of inbred, brain-addled morons". Asked to specify who he was refering to (Labour or the Crown), Hitchens declined to comment.

Others were not so thrilled. An angry Richard Stallman summoned the British consul to his Boston office and upbraided the diplomat for "the imperial arrogance" shown by the crown by not referring to "Red Hat GNU/Linux".

Meanwhile the Conservative Party expressed regret that the Queen had not "shown support for free enterprise and Capitalism" by adopting Microsoft's Internet Server. A spokesman for the Tories added, "we'll have lots more to say about this on our web site, just as soon as we reboot".

oh grow up already.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674716)

Whenever anything linux related happens, linux users always start spouting crap about world domination. you don't see the BSD camp celebrating like a bunch of 15 year old script kiddies when BSD gets installed on yet another high profile site do you? Linux users think they're all revolutionary because of "free software". Get this, you are just reinventing the BSD wheel (just under a more restrictive license (the GPL)).

Re:Who made the decision? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674721)

Should they change their name to Red Crown? :-)

Re:"Ma'am"? (1)

warlock (14079) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674722)

Well, that is nitpicking, but why should anyone that is not a citizen of the UK address her as if she was their queen?

To me, a Greek citizen (that has lived for several years in Scotland btw), she is just another person. I would probably ignore her or just say "Hi there, what's up?" if I met her.

Just FYI, The Greek constitution prohibits Greek citizens from accepting titles of honour. Which makes sense. After all, how can all people be equal if some are more equal than others (as George Orwell put it very eloquently)?

No offence, but in my book absolutely noone has to address British Lords, Sirs, Dukes and whatnot with their title. If they are offended, tough. I don't care. If they are disappointed that people in other countries don't treat them in a special way, again, that's tough. Expecting to be treated as royalty outside the empire (what's left of it anyway) is really backwards. They should just be glad that the majority of the brits still do them the courtesy of using their titles and maintaining monarchy, for it will not last long IMHO.


Re:"Ma'am"? (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674723)

She don't look too majestic to me.

You do realize that most of the world sees the queen as the mascot of the Great Britian. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who wears a title of nobility deserves disrespect, regardless of what she represents. But then again, that's just my Yankee egalitarianism talking.

And I wonder.. (1)

prodeje (58779) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674724)

Who Yahoo and Walnut Creek CD-Rom are?

Face it.. they're both great operating systems.


Re:Is this an argument for BSD ? (1)

chazR (41002) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674725)

The real argument for BSD is the mascot. The daemon is *way* cooler than the penguin. Figuratively.

Re:Not the first time (1)

MassacrE (763) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674726)

Maybe she just thinks she looks better in a red hat? :)

Re:whoooohooo!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674727)

You remind me of Barbados, where I talked with a local.

Barbadian: Where are you from?
I: Finland.
Barbadian: Where's that?
I: Between Sweden and Russia.
Barbadian: So is it in America or England?

Marko [mailto]

Re:Queen of *BRITAIN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674728)

It's not a matter of actually choosing to call the United Kingdom England, but rather just a misnomer that has taken hold. Why does the media call crackers hackers? Why do many people still call The Netherlands Holland? It's just something that took hold and is hard to shake.

Re:Linux: (1)

MassacrE (763) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674729)

They think "Oh, we can read the source, so they can't
erally be serious, they said they were joking.. meanwhile, they keep missing that one
single, all important line of perl code in linux v2.2 ... bwaahahaha :)

Re:whoooohooo!!! (1)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674730)

I know where finland is, and if the finnish government switched all their computer to linux that would be wonderful. But it is ALSO wonderful that britian and the us are using linux, right?
char *stupidsig = "this is my dumb sig";


Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674731)

> As an American I can think of nothing that we could contribute more to our friends the Canadians and Australians than helping to eliminate the shackles of the British tyranny.

Since the IRA stopped taking money to blow up busloads of schoolchildren you Americans just don't know what to do with yourselves.

> Break free of the obsolete monarchy

You're living in the past, man.

Re:oh grow up already.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674732)

Slashdot is not representative of the Linux community in general.

Thanks for your time.

Another Stupid American (Re:Those Royals) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674733)

Another daming indictment of the American school system... Oh, the horror. the horror.

>they british monarchy won't allow australia to become an independant nation, same as canada.
The Brits have no control over either of these countries. The Queen is just something to stamp on their coins. And say what you like of the British. At least their soldiers (unlike the USMC) know which side is "up" of the Canadian flag!

> And look at india, they were so pissed about that, that they killed ghandi. so don't count on it, the british will stop at nothing to keep their empire.
You moron. It was a Sikh that assasinated Ghandi. You're obviously still getting over that reading and writing thing, but you do know how to watch a movie, right? Hire Ghandi, The Movie. Get Mommie to help you put in the VCR.

>They can't stand to loose more and more of their empire. Look at how pissed they got when we broke away back in '76.
At the time Britain was being ruled by a German King, and the "British" soldiers he was fighting with were Prussian Mercenaries recruited en masse. So a German King with Prussian Mercenaries fighting British Colonists with Traditional British Values? No wonder we won!

On a related note (1)

nhowie (38409) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674734)

I noticed that is also running Red Hat, cool since their claiming to be expecting 60 Million hits a day...

Re:"Ma'am"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674735)

Umm... Actually, it IS disrespectful. "Majesty" may seem a bit extravagant, but it indicates her position and respect for such. Do you have a problem with other people referring to the U.S. President as "Mr. President", or "President So-and-So"?

I'm pretty sure that the British monarchy's gonna be around for a while, by the way. Go study some British history.

Re:The Queen? -> Her power. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674736)

Possibly, except that when the monarch has made breaks with, for instance, Parliament, such loyalty has been subjugated to politics. Note the reaction to the appointment of the Duke of Wellington to the office of Prime Minister. There was hell to pay, and the King was forced to reinstate Charles Grey, who then passed the Great Reform Bill of 1832.

Granted, this was during the Industrial Revolution, so it might be exceptional, but I think the British people are probably (when it comes down to it) more loyal to Parliament and their own ideals than to the monarch.

I get the feeling that the British are proud of their monarch largely because they know that, bottom line, they own her ass.

Re:Fucking moderators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674737)

My GOD you are a retard. Read up you freak. When was the last time that Canada being part of the British Monarchy interfere with personal freedoms in Canada? It's called a FIGUREHEAD you moron.

And the last time I took score, these monarchis had more 'freedoms' then you fucking 'Merikans

_Gandhi_ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674738)

You could at least spell his name properly.

President vs Majesty (1)

warlock (14079) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674739)

I don't have a problem calling the president of a corporation or a country 'president'. I have a problem with calling someone "Your Majesty". Greece for example is a presidential republic. I do refer to our president as "president". Difference is, he is:

1) elected by the people
2) remains an equal person, paying taxes and all.

In that sense, it's nothing more than a job title. I can't really say that about "Majesty" -it is VERY different. I am quite confident that the majority of people out there can discern the difference, and I wouldn't like to explain it in detail.

As for not addressing a queen as "Her Majesty" I don't find that disrespectful, since I simply don't recognize "Her Majesty" and I have no reason to do so. I am not being a troll here - don't misunderstand me. I'm just trying to make a point - I am a citizen of a country that all people are equal, and I find titles of honour redundant and offending. You wouldn't find me using them, and if a Queen of some other contry is offended or something if I don't address her as "Your Majesty", well, that's none of my business, she should get over it.


Re:President vs Majesty (1)

JimDabell (42870) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674740)

It's none of your business whether or not you offend someone? I bet you're a joy to know. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she is the Queen. It's just a case of being *polite*

I'm from the U.K. and I think that the Queen doesn't serve any useful purpose apart from bringing in the tourists. If I ever met her, I wouldn't call her a freeloader to her face. It's not because I recognise her importance, it's just that I am polite. Big deal if you respect the president of Greece more than the Queen of the U.K. They both deserve our respect and courtesy. Learn some diplomacy sometime.

Re:President vs Majesty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674741)

Fortunately you will never come in contact with Her Majesty, peasant!

(just kidding)

Re:"Ma'am"? (1)

Blackknight (25168) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674742)

If I saw her on the street I wouldn't even call her Ma'am, as she has no authority here in the U.S.

Oh, but she has! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674743)

Click me [] !

It's all colour-coordination..... (2)

cswiii (11061) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674744)

...After all, what else would you expect redcoats to use? ;)

Re:I can see it now: (1)

// (81289) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674745)

Red Hat Linux, By Appointment To Her Majesty The Queen.

Well - not immediately. To get the official "By Appointment to HRH" one has to have been a regular supplier to the Royal Family for over 3 years.

Oh, and you still have to actually apply for it too :-)

Finally, it's issued to a named individual rather than an organisation.

However, it must be nearly time for someone within the Apache group to apply.... even when on Solaris HRH was using Apache.


Wrong Choice. (1)

Mr. Piccolo (18045) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674746)

Methinks Her Majesty's Royal WebMaster, if he or she had needed to switch at all, should have chosen OpenBSD instead of Red Hat.

I believe that for something like this, security should override all other concerns. That, and the price is approximately the same. Also, Red Hat is known not to be the world's most secure Linux distribution.

I just hope the Royal Webmaster knows how to find and close the security holes that might exist...

You missed my point. (1)

warlock (14079) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674747)

Please, don't take that out of context - I didn't say it's none of my business if I offend *anyone*, and I assure you I'm not a total arsehole ;)

I understand your point of being polite perfectly, but I didn't say that I'd call her a freeloader to her face - that is something *you* suggested. I agree totally with showing courtesy and respect to people that deserve it.

Maybe it's my greek egalitarian ideology, maybe I'm nuts, bottomline is I do not and will not show extra courtesy or respect to someone *just* because they have a title of honour. I do not, and will not recognize them as valid - in my book, the Queen or any queen for that matter is equal to every other person on this planet. Now, if a person holding a title of honour *expects* everyone to treat them with extra courtesy and respect, compared to 'mere mortals' so to speak, and they are offended because someone doesn't *that's* their problem, and they should get over it.

I stated from the start that I don't particularly like the idea of Monarchy, but I like to belive that I am a reasonable person. I hope that clears it up.


Re:Queen of *BRITAIN* (1)

Transzip (19873) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674749)

Glad to see her Majesty is using a decent OS; our pathetic government seem keener on sucking up to Bill G and insisting NT runs everywhere. Luckily, she's rather practical; what works is OK with her. Gawd bless you ma'am...(pauses to tug forelock). It should be remembered by non-Brits that the "Great Britain and Northern Ireland" bit is important. Most ppl forget..

Re:Those Royals (1)

Uart (29577) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674750)

Umm, I thought Austrailia was already a republic, but a republic that was a member of the British commonwealth, kinda like Canada, or the Bahamas.

Re:This is just the beginning (1)

Transzip (19873) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674751)

Ahem...I suspect that you are rather out of touch with the British political scene. Labour (Democrat equivalents to you Yanks) are the establishment worshippers at the court of the great Bill G, whereas the Tories are those desposed to listen to something new. Try reading the history of the last twenty years in the soon see who was "anti-establishment", and it wasn't the likes of Tony Blair

Re:Queen of *BRITAIN* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674752)

I happened to be in Edinburgh during the festivities surrounding the opening of the Scottish Parlement this summer and my understanding was that the official title was ammended to include "...and Queeen Eliabeth the First of Scotland", or something like that.

Of course, being a damn yankee, I could be wrong but I was a firsthand witness to the occasion.

Re:Queen of *BRITAIN* (1)

Uart (29577) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674753)

What part of Scotland?

Anywho... the first king of the UK was James Stuart, AKA, The King of Scotland. And the Queen Mother is Scottish too. Just thought I'd inform you...

The Scottish rule the world.

Re:Another Stupid American (Re:Those Royals) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674754)

well that's obviously what they want you to think! Do you really think that if they assisinated someone then they'd hire someone from the british government to do it? That's idiotic that you'd think that. Look at what's happening now! The indian helicopter that was shot down over pakistan was shot down by british troops! and that's a fact, not some theory. The british also sold nuclear weapons to pakistan, they'll do anything to get india back.

Re:Linux: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674755)

i think it's perfect for the british, they're obsession is world domination.

Re:This is just the beginning (1)

Uart (29577) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674756)

Tony Blair is Bill Clinton Incarnate with an English accent. And like the US, the English have more than two parties as well, if I'm not mistaken.

Re:oh grow up already.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674757)

Heh. Thanks. I'm glad to know that 99% of Linux advocacy is microsoft bashing.

Seriously though, wasn't there an article like this posted a few weeks ago? It was titled "That Weird guy down the hall finally installs Linux.", no, wait, that was on

Re:What Next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674758)

This is offtopic and probably common knowledge, but here it goes anyway.

> running Debian?
> running LinuxPPC?
> running IIS running Apache + FreeBSD. At least that's what they say at

Take care,

Stephen VanDahm

Re:Princess Diana... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674759)

after the british killed her for threatening to marry outside of her race

Re:I can see it now: (1)

Ronin Developer (67677) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674760)

Could we soon be kneeling and saying, "Sir Linus"?
Will he have a Penguin on his Coat of Arms?

Re:Those Royals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674761)

Well, that just goes to show how ignorant you are, then.

Re:That's impressive. NOT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674768)

Please tell me what's so funny about the Royal Web Server running Red Hat Linux. You need to get out more.

Re:Those Royals (0)

NtG (61481) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674769)

The brits don't have a say in this. This is a referrendum put to the people of australia, voting whether or not to amend the constitution. By amending the constitution, we would infact be removing any power that the brits had, no longer recognising that we are a monarchy. If anything is going to be done about it, it better be done soon, the referendum is in 48 days, and if a yes vote is passed, that will be it for the brits. PS. Vote YES to a republic! PPS. If her royal highness has a problem with us becoming a republic (its inevitable), she can feel free to drop into my house, I'll kick her geriatric ass for ghandi and canada too.

Re:Hail holy Queen enthroned above.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674770)

dude, any member of the royal family can do whatever the hell they want, they have more power than the prime minister. They just do everything in secret. You don't really think that every single member of the kennedy family died by coincidence, do you?

linux: the gnu choice of world governments (1)

swonkdog (70409) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674771)

episode 2.3.x: from points across the globe, followers of linus trade rumors that governments in their particular part of the world have switched to linux. linux: the gnu choice of world governments. yes, linux, deposing the totaltarian dictatorship of the once mighty microsoft empire. a weekness has been found in their software and licensing; with the help of a small band of rebel fighters and one penguin the shackels of injustice will be thrown away forever. the world and indeed one day the entire universe will be saved by the open source marvel called the 'linux kernel'.

on a serious note: this is really cool. i wonder what microsoft thinks about loosing american government support? on the point of the royal family sacking solaris, well, i used to play solaris on my atari 2600, it was cool then but pretty out of date now. 8^)

whoooohooo!!! (1)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674772)

so linux now has england and the us goverments... now don't get me wrong but aren't those two of the most powerful goverments of earth? and linux is number 1 as an os in japan. I think that qualifies for world domination...
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The queen can not stand the Slashdot Republic Army (1)

redhog (15207) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674773)

Seems, she've been slashdotted - I barly could load the frontpage...

Re:We can't be sure she's serious about Linux... (1)

snej (46490) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674774)

Just count the red hats on [] . At least 3, and a pink one extra.

Re:"Ma'am"? (1)

Uart (29577) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674775)

Two things:

1) Isn't scotland awesome!
2) In the US, it takes an act of congress (not easy, since congress doesn't do anything) to be able to accept a title.

um... no (1)

McFarlane (23995) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674776)

Neither Australia nor Canada nor the Bahamas is a republic. They are constitutional monarchies with a governor general representing the queen when the queen's not in country. They are all members of the Commonwealth, yes.
Australia may become a republic in a few years it's true... but they haven't decided yet. And yes they could still remain in the Commonwealth after becoming a republic. There have been several republics in the Commonwealth for some time.


azz (12928) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674777)

As a British "subject", I feel slightly more qualified to talk about this then you do. First, "billions of dollars collected from you" is rather inaccurate---first, she collects pounds, and secondly, it's more like millions or tens of millions (remember the British billion is 10^12). "Rules like she is God's right hand" is also an interesting viewpoint, given that Britain's monarchy hasn't exercised its right to veto a law passed in the UK for at least a couple of centuries.

I'm pro-Monarchy, but only 'cos they make a nice tourist attraction.

"I want to use software that doesn't suck." - ESR
"All software that isn't free sucks." - RMS

This *IS* good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674778)

hey boys, anybody wanna 0wn the royal family?
shoulda stuck with solaris, queenie.

seriously (1)

RoLlEr_CoAsTeR (39353) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674780)


according to another majoritoristic view, she couldn't be said to be serious about Linux until she sports a Tux the penguin

The OS is dead, long live the OS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674782)

Cool! A half baked operating system for a half baked
institution. I suppose the thinking is, 'we don't
run the country anymore, so we don't need a proper
operating system.'

Fucking moderators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674783)

That wasn't a troll. You people are idiots. All Monarchies MUST die. Anyone that lives like that might as well shut the fuck up when it comes to free software as well. Switch to NT lusers. You make freedom look bad to the rest of us when you sit under your tree of servitude to your royal masters.


Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674785)

As an american, what the fsck are you using a metric measure for? Damn twits, the lot of you!

What Next? (1)

Zaffle (13798) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674793) running Debain? running LinuxPPC? running IIS

Re:That's impressive. NOT! (1)

chiller2 (35804) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674794)

Mr Anonymous,

So the article was not something you were interested in? Rob can't please everyones literary tastes. It was just a harmless story to say somebody in the public eye has their site hosted with our beloved OS.

Did it ever occur to you to just skip onto something else? Your post served only to get on peoples nerves. It doesn't surprise me at all that you're a 'anonymous coward'.

Best wishes,

Brit who'd kick your ass

Queen of *BRITAIN* (1)

D. Taylor (53947) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674795)

You know, the last time I checked, the Queen
was still the Queen up here in Scotland, which
means she is the Queen of Britain, even though
I hate her, I'd prefer it if people stopped
treating the UK as England, and ignoring the
fact Scotland (and Wales, and Northern Ireland)
David Taylor
[To e-mail me: s/\.spam//]

Re:Not the first time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674796)

I'm sure she really cares that her site is running Red Hat Linux. Come on really! I'm sure the queen is up all hours of the night hacking Red Hat Linux!

Re:We can't be sure she's serious about Linux... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674797)

That'd make her serious about Red Hat. Not necessarily Linux.

Re:Why did she do it? (1)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674798)

"I have no idea, but I kind of doubt it was due to monetary concerns."
of coarse not, that is why this is so cool. Linux was chooosen purely because it's a good os.
char *stupidsig = "this is my dumb sig";

Re:The Queen? (0)

PigleT (28894) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674799)

Freedom dance?
At least our queen doesn't demand the keys to every door in the country like your poxy government continually threatens to with encryption, so ner! :P


More Purple than Red (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674800)

I dunno, sure looks like a purple hat to me.

Idiot troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674811)

You are a total moron. Stupid troll.

It's Gandhi, by the way, fool.

SSRA Rules !!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674812)

Royalists can use our stuff; but it's designed for revolutionaries !!!

Linux: (2)

FascDot Killed My Pr (24021) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674813)

The OS upon which the sun never sets.

Does anyone else think it's ironic that an operating system with designs on "world domination" is being embraced wholeheartedly by governments around the world?
Put Hemos through English 101!
"An armed society is a polite society" -- Robert Heinlein

Is this an argument for BSD ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674814)

BSD *does* look a little cooler now.

Re:Those Royals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1674816)

Notice those fleets off Timor? Where did Linus discover the Penguin? - Canberra. Whats his aim? World Domination. In the game of risk, wheres the best place to take over the world from? - Australia. Its all coming together.

Re:Not the first time (1)

Brandon Hume (73471) | more than 15 years ago | (#1674817)

Recompile? Vuz iz zees... recompile?

Solaris packaged KDE installations, available
right off the KDE main site.

pkgadd -d, baby.
Brandon Hume
hume -> BOFH.Halifax.NS.Ca, http://WWW.BOFH.Halifax.NS.Ca/
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