|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|Open Source Beer Revolution |
Yesterday, Red Hat introduced an 'open source' beer called Red Brew. The
recipes for making the beer are available for free over the Net, and
microbrewery kits are available at low cost from Red Hat. Says a Red Hat
spokesman, "With the proliferation of free (open source) software, it was only
a matter of time before open source beer became reality. After all, the only
thing hackers like more than free software is free beer!"
Following the Red Hat annoucement, other companies are racing to launch their
own beer 'distribution'. Caldera is developing an OpenBrew beer. Meanwhile,
Patrick Volkerding is working on a SlackBeer distribution, and DebianBrew is
Traditional breweries and beer distributors are not thrilled about open source
beer. "This is ludicrous! People want beer that comes from time-tested, secret
recipes -- not beer from recipes invented overnight! Open source is a fad," a
spokesman for Buddwizzer Beer, Inc. said. In addition, other beverage
distributors are nervous. "First open source beer, and soon open source soft
drinks! Before we know it, we'll have RedCoke and SlackPepsi! This open source
plague must be stopped before it eats into our bottom line! Don't quote me on
that last sentence," the CEO of Croak-a-Cola said.
|Jargon Coiner (#13)|
An irregular feature that aims to give you advance warning of new jargon
that we've just made up.
* NINETY-NINERS: In 1849, a horde of people ("Forty-niners") headed to
California to pan gold and get rich quick. In 1999, a horde of people
("Ninety-niners") headed to California to invest in Linux companies and
get rich quick. Some things never change.
* ZOO: The ubiquitous shelf of O'Reilly Animal Books that many nerds keep
next to their computer
* THEY'RE MULTIPLYING LIKE PORTALS: The proliferation of Linux portals
that have the latest headlines from Slashdot and LinuxToday but offer
little original content.
* YOU CAN SPELL EVIL WITHOUT vi: A curse uttered by freshman Computer
Science students struggling with vi's insert mode for the first time.
|The recent proliferation of Nuclear Testing|