Back to basics: Linux for noobs

Just a few  basic information for anyone who has not been introduced to/ is interested in knowing the answer for “What is this Linux buzz all about?”

TUZ to replace TUX

In a survey that was conducted a year before by GroundWork Open Source, a maker of network and system management products , Mozilla Firefox mascot ranked 1 , followed by the BSD Demon BEASTIE . Tux stood third .

The hot news is that Tux would be temporarily replaced by TUZ , a tasmanian devil . This move is to bring awareness about the real tasmanian devils that are nearing extinction due to a facial tumour .

The tasmanian devil is meat-eating marsupial now found as only two in number in Australian island state of Tasmania. Linux creator Linus Torvalds has added a patch to the mainline Linux kernel, version 2.6.29, that provides a caricature of a Tasmanian devil wearing a penguin mask.

At the 2009 Penguin Dinner, Bdale Garbee “agreed” to shave his beard if enough funds were pledged toward the cause of protecting the Tasmanian Devil from extinction. On January 22, Linus Torvalds did the honors. Something between AU$35,000 and $40,000 was raised through this effort.

linus_shaves_Bdale Garbeeimage source : and flickr

Linus impressed by Microsoft Songsmith

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds doesnt support Microsoft products , but of late, he seems to have been impressed with a Microsoft product SONGSMITH .

Microsoft Songsmith is music composition software for Microsoft Windows, launched in early 2009 .  Songsmith immediately generates a musical accompaniment after a voice is recorded. The user can adjust tempo, genre (such as pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, jazz, or reggae), and overall mood (e.g. to make it joyful, sad, jazzy, etc.).The software, formerly called MySong, was developed by Microsoft researchers Dan Morris and Sumit Basu.

Linus considers it a true work of genius” and “when used right the end result is undeniably art.

Read the full article in Linus blog here.

Microsoft Songsmith official site here .

Meanwhile Microsofts advertisements , accusing Open Source softwares for helping terrorists , make me ROFL .    😀

here is the snapshot of the ad  i spotted in a site :


Ms Ad