As Microsoft is chided by the media and in the blogosphere about its decision to hire comedian Jerry Seinfeld as the new Vista spokesperson, I ponder just who the Linux community would hire as their representative. Assume for a moment that the community (a) actually had an interest in hiring a celebrity to “sell” the OS in the mass market and (b) could raise the money to pay the bill, who who it be?
Smart alec as I tend to be, the first comedian that comes to mind is Rodney Dangerfield, whose “No Respect” humor may speak to the feelings of current Linux users. There’s one small logistical problem to overcome – Dangerfield died in 2004.
I think I’ve decided that comedians were not the way to go afterall. A more serious actor may work out better.
Ah, Jack Nicholson! Now there’s a prospect! Just think of the taglines. “You can’t handle the truth!” “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” “You make me want to be a better man.” (Ok, not so sure about that last one.)
Well, enough pondering…time to get back to reality. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.
Today’s post by Sam Varghese is a good read (unless your name is Jim Zemlin), and I have to say that I think Sam’s statement regarding what makes Linux thrive (buried on page 2) is spot on! ‘Difference’ makes all the difference. I’ve been looking into different ‘live‘ distros for use in a quasi-headless application and love the fact that I have about three on the short list from which to choose. Each has advantages and weaknesses and, ultimately, each can be remastered if none fit the bill as they are. Standardization of drivers and the like is a noble and worthwhile goal, but trying to create the ‘one’ Linux would necessarily eliminate one of its primary benefits: the ability to choose.
Incidentally, does anyone else find it ironic when a university expresses pride in its diversity?