Doc Searls’ trials and tribulations with Linux on the laptop.
Yes, Dan said, IBM will be offering both a Linux desktop and a Linux laptop–this year. IBM, Dan reported, has 15,000 house testers using Linux on the desktop. When Jeff said this was “going to make Doc very happy”, Dan replied, “Anything we can do to make Doc happy is okay.”, or words to that effect. The quote comes from Jeff’s own memory of the conversation.
EGM gets nine kids, ages 10 to 13, to play classic video games from the 70s and 80s and writes down what they say with hilarious results.
Tim: Which button do I press to make the blocks explode?
EGM: Sorry, they don’t explode.
Becky: This is boring. Maybe if it had characters and stuff and different levels, it would be OK. If things blew up or something or—
Sheldon: If there were bombs.
Becky: Yeah, or special bricks. Like, if a yellow brick touched a red brick it would blow up and you’d have to start over.
John: Why haven’t I won yet? I’ve paired up so many of the same color.
EGM: Don’t worry about colors.
John: I just lined up six of the same color. Why didn’t they blow up?
EGM: Nothing blows up.
“There are 5.6 billion people in the world today. That leaves 5.4 billion people who have not yet selected their operating system.” —John “Maddog” Hall
Lot’s of encouraging talk about Linux going on over at Scripting.Com. There’s this DaveNet
piece and this