Before any of the details and behind the scene stuff, allow me to present my video contest entry for the “I’m a linux” video contest. The requirement is to respond to the ubiquitous “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads that are now being run by both Apple and Microsoft. And just to point out, the mascot of Linux is “Tux the Penguin,”
So in fact this is the first time when my penguin costume has actually been ENTIRELY appropriate, and I hope it helps me win the trip to Japan.
(The video is also posted through the Linux Foundation’s website)
Yesterday I posted a Craigslist posting looking for a 40-60 year old woman to make out with a man in a penguin costume. Within 30 minutes or so, I had gotten a response from the lovely woman you saw in the video with me. She is an excellent actress and I thought it only fitting to pass on her resume here in case anyone else is looking for someone who fits that bill to work with.
Finally, I think I have to address the question of whether or not this is actually going to win me the contest. See, someone from the Linux Foundation reached out to me after having heard of my work and encouraged me to enter. The good news is that’s a nice way to hear about contests. The bad news is, I have entered a couple so far under the same circumstances and haven’t won them, which worries me. The woman who got in touch with me assured me that she had nothing to do with the voting and judging process and that my video would be judged fairly against the competition, which is all I ever ask.
That said, I also decided I would enter, but I would make the video that I wanted to make. And in my head what made me laugh was when I thought, “Mac is a silly hipster, PC is a dork, and Linux rocks so hard he’s going to come to the party, drink your booze, fuck your mom and then laugh about it,” because linux is an open-source software – the rock star of softwares.
Whether or not the judges agree is up to them.
What is the Linux operating system?
Linux is an open-source operating system that is based on the Unix operating system. It was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and has since grown to become one of the most widely used operating systems in the world. Linux is known for its stability, security, and flexibility, as well as its ability to run on a wide range of hardware platforms, from small embedded devices to large supercomputers.
One of the key features of Linux is its open-source nature, which means that the source code for the operating system is freely available for anyone to access, modify, and distribute. This has led to a large community of developers who contribute to the ongoing development of Linux and its various distributions (or “distros”), which are customized versions of the operating system that are tailored to specific use cases or preferences.
Linux is widely used in servers, embedded devices, and smartphones, as well as in desktop and laptop computers. It supports a wide range of programming languages and has a vast repository of free and open-source software available for download, making it a popular choice for developers and users alike.
Is Linux available for desktops?
Yes, Linux is available for desktop use. There are many popular Linux distributions (also called “distros”) that are designed specifically for desktop use, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Mint. These distributions offer a variety of features and options for users to choose from, including different graphical interfaces and software packages.
Linux is known for its stability, security, and flexibility, making it a popular choice for many desktop users. It is also free and open-source software, meaning that users can modify and distribute it as they see fit. Many people choose to use Linux for desktop computing because it offers a high degree of customization and control over the operating system.
Can I install Linux on my PC?
Yes, you can install Linux on your PC. Linux is a free and open-source operating system, and there are many different versions of Linux, called distributions or distros, available for download and installation.
Before you install Linux, it’s a good idea to make sure your PC meets the minimum system requirements for the distro you want to install. You’ll also need to create a bootable USB drive or DVD with the Linux distro you want to install.
Once you have the bootable media, you can restart your PC and boot from the USB or DVD. The installation process will vary depending on the Linux distribution you choose, but most distros have an easy-to-follow graphical installer that will guide you through the process.
During the installation, you’ll be prompted to create a partition for Linux and choose how much disk space to allocate for it. You can either replace your current operating system with Linux or install Linux alongside your current operating system, which is called dual-booting.
It’s important to note that installing Linux will wipe all data from the selected hard disk or partition, so it’s a good idea to back up any important files before you begin the installation process.
How do I install Linux on my PC?
Installing Linux on a PC involves several steps, which may vary depending on the specific distribution of Linux you choose. Here’s a general overview of the process:
- Choose a Linux distribution: There are many different versions of Linux, each with its own unique features and user interface. Some popular choices include Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian.
- Download the distribution: Once you’ve chosen a Linux distribution, you’ll need to download it from the distribution’s website. You’ll typically download an ISO file, which is an image of the installation media that you’ll use to install Linux on your PC.
- Create installation media: You’ll need to create a bootable USB drive or DVD using the ISO file you downloaded. You can use a tool like Rufus (for Windows) or Etcher (for Mac and Linux) to create the bootable media.
- Boot from installation media: Once you’ve created the bootable media, insert it into your PC and restart your computer. You may need to adjust your BIOS settings to ensure that your PC boots from the installation media.
- Begin installation: Once your PC boots from the installation media, you’ll be prompted to begin the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts to configure your installation settings, such as language, time zone, and partitioning.
- Install Linux: Once you’ve configured your installation settings, you can proceed with the installation process. This typically involves selecting the installation location, creating user accounts, and configuring network settings.
- Complete installation: Once the installation is complete, you’ll be prompted to restart your PC. After restarting, you should be able to log in to your new Linux operating system.
Keep in mind that this is just a general overview of the installation process, and the specific steps may vary depending on the Linux distribution you choose. It’s always a good idea to refer to the installation documentation for your specific distribution to ensure that you’re following the correct steps.
Which computers can use Linux?
Linux is a versatile operating system that can run on a wide range of computer systems. It can run on desktop computers, servers, embedded devices, and even supercomputers. Here are some examples of computers that can use Linux:
- Desktop computers: Linux can run on most desktop computers, including those built by Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others. It can also run on custom-built machines.
- Laptops: Many laptops come pre-installed with Linux, and they can also be installed on most laptops that come with Windows or MacOS pre-installed.
- Servers: Linux is a popular choice for servers due to its stability, security, and cost efficiency.