A Kid Named Linux

This must be one of the best (and strangest) Linux commercial I’ve ever seen. After watching the video for a few seconds, the ad made me think of “2001, A Space Odyssey”, probably because of the white background and eerie voices. Enjoy the show.

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19 Responses to A Kid Named Linux

    • Oh well, it looks like I'm a bit out of date :) Hmmm, it doesn't really matter, If I haven't seen it, tons of other people probably haven't either :)

    • Oh well, it looks like I’m a bit out of date :) Hmmm, it doesn’t really matter, If I haven’t seen it, tons of other people probably haven’t either :)

  1. It would be interesting to revisit that commercial. The state of Linux in 2003 and Linux today is – well, quite frankly, a night and day difference. Linux is still growing by leaps and bounds but – damn, it's good stuff.

    Back in '03, I had tried Linux but hadn't stuck with it. As of three months ago (barring other OS reviews) I've been using Linux as the primary boot in a dual-boot system.

    • Definitely, Linux is definitely more user friendly today then it was back in 03.. thanks to distros such as Ubuntu…

      I'm going to set up ubuntu as a VM this week and try to see if I can keep using it in an hardcore MS environment :)

      I don't realy have any concerns about doing that, except for interaction with my exchange server.. I'll have to dig up to see what I can do with this.

      I just thought of something.. You know how firefox made all those free TV spots from the work of fans? I'm sure something similar would be hugely successful with Linux…

      • Evolution supports exchange servers, and that's in Ubuntu by default (I'm trying to figure out how to get RID of Evolution because I prefer webmail + Sunbird, but that's another story). By the way, check out makingtheswitch.wordpress.com It's a Microsoft employee who just switched to Ubuntu.

        • Yeah, Evolution's interface is really ugly, but it connects to my Exchange server and let me look at my stuff without any problems.. I'm impressed :)

        • It's not an interface thing for me. It looks a bit like Outlook. I just don't want my email downloading to my hard drive. I also have no idea how to configure Evolution, or how this is all supposed to work. I can't figure out how to use Outlook either, though. I switch into "can't set the VCR clock" mode when it comes to Outlook.

        • Exchange mail doesn't download on your hard drive, it stays on the server… What you see in your client is a view of your folder on the exchange box.

          The product was not really hard to configure, the wizard did everything I needed :)

        • I don't know the difference between POP and the other things or what Gmail uses or what my school uses. I tried following the direction's on the school's email thingy, but it didn't work.

  2. It would be interesting to revisit that commercial. The state of Linux in 2003 and Linux today is – well, quite frankly, a night and day difference. Linux is still growing by leaps and bounds but – damn, it’s good stuff.

    Back in ’03, I had tried Linux but hadn’t stuck with it. As of three months ago (barring other OS reviews) I’ve been using Linux as the primary boot in a dual-boot system.

    • Definitely, Linux is definitely more user friendly today then it was back in 03.. thanks to distros such as Ubuntu…

      I’m going to set up ubuntu as a VM this week and try to see if I can keep using it in an hardcore MS environment :)

      I don’t realy have any concerns about doing that, except for interaction with my exchange server.. I’ll have to dig up to see what I can do with this.

      I just thought of something.. You know how firefox made all those free TV spots from the work of fans? I’m sure something similar would be hugely successful with Linux…

      • Evolution supports exchange servers, and that’s in Ubuntu by default (I’m trying to figure out how to get RID of Evolution because I prefer webmail + Sunbird, but that’s another story). By the way, check out makingtheswitch.wordpress.com It’s a Microsoft employee who just switched to Ubuntu.

        • Yeah, Evolution’s interface is really ugly, but it connects to my Exchange server and let me look at my stuff without any problems.. I’m impressed :)

        • It’s not an interface thing for me. It looks a bit like Outlook. I just don’t want my email downloading to my hard drive. I also have no idea how to configure Evolution, or how this is all supposed to work. I can’t figure out how to use Outlook either, though. I switch into “can’t set the VCR clock” mode when it comes to Outlook.

        • I don’t know the difference between POP and the other things or what Gmail uses or what my school uses. I tried following the direction’s on the school’s email thingy, but it didn’t work.

        • Exchange mail doesn’t download on your hard drive, it stays on the server… What you see in your client is a view of your folder on the exchange box.

          The product was not really hard to configure, the wizard did everything I needed :)

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