Posted by: 2stepsback | October 15, 2007

Everyone market Linux

First read the previous blog entry here.
So, hopefully, the background is clear to you.

Do you know that as a human being that surfs the internet and performs a web search “like everyone else”, you already use at least 10 different FLOSS programs?

If you do not, do some research. It will be interesting to find in how many ways free software helps you without asking you to accept any End User License Agreement or assign very crucial rights to any entity.

So, here is my proposal to market Linux on the desktop:

Why don’t _all_ of us:
1. Linux website owners,
2. magazine publishers,
3. Distribution sellers,
4. FLOSS advocates (with non-empty pockets), and
5. Corporate users of Linux.

put up the following quiz, 25 questions at a time :
At the moment, it has 200 questions, but reading them will help you come up with at least 500. A little more thinking will take you well beyond 2000.
And offer a reward in return:
The kid or guy who gets all 25 right gets a prize in the form of
(1) free CD/DVD sets
(2) Pen-drives, Keyboards, blank CD sets, CD/DVD ROM/RW Drives, harddisks, etc
(3) 12 magazine issues or 1-year free subscriptions
(4) free membership to xyz portal
(5) free premium email accounts
(6) free web hosting
and so on.

[Kids, look the other way, we Linux guys are trying to fool you into believing that Linux is good and FLOSS is good. So, go check if the cake is ready in the oven. Er… this one, Linux, has been ready for a long time, but you did not bother to look. Please, have a look at, and]

These things are useful and do not pinch the pocket much, if you run a Linux-related or based shop. Let us call it “The FLOSS Quiz”.

License: These questions are here for the taking.
Use them freely, but *don’t change* them.

Every business does these things. I am trying to do something similar to a FLOSS product of great intrinsic value (For example, Linux is a good piece of code. Piece! Peace, peace….)

This set of 200 questions makes for 8 quizzes. Enough for the next two-three months. By which time, more can be added.
The most crucial thing is this:
Repeat !! – other Linux shops follow the same huge set!

Thus, distribution of small bounties/toys becomes so much easier for one-man shops. Kids and geeks are going to spread FLOSS and Linux, not marketing managers.
So in effect, at any point in time, a kid with a brain will _always_ see the
possibility of earning a neat gift for just having _read_ the concerned documents carefully. 24x7x365.

And so, many people are going to read the about Linux and free software in this way. Since the questions are simple, eventually every bird will get a worm or two!

Kids! You should think from the opposite point of view also, to see for yourselves which way is better in the longer term for you and for society.

The set:
1. What does the GPL stand for?
2. Who is the GPL meant to help?
3. Who wrote the first version of the GPL?
4. What does FSF stand for?
5. What does “free software” mean according to the FSF?
6. Which are the four freedoms that the GPL refers to?
7. What is a monopoly?
8. What does antitrust mean?
9. Why is the LGPL considered “lesser”?
10. What was the fine amount that RIAA charged college kids for pirating music and distributing it?
11. Have you heard of ogg, vorbis or xiph?
12. Where does the Free Software Foundation have its offices and branches?
13. What does GNU stand for? What is the history behind the name “GNU”?
14. Who is Tux?
15. Who started Linux?
16. Name three very popular and widely used “free software” programs?
17. Why should you get to see the source code?
18. What could go wrong with closed source programs?
19. Why should you be able to modify the source code?
20. Why should be allowed to redistribute copies of the free program, legally?
21. what is piracy?
22. Is distributing GNU/Linux CDs piracy?
23. Name two completely free operating systems.
24. Name five GNU/Linux distributions.
25. Name two non-Linux opensource operating systems.
26. Name an office suite who’s source code you can get, modify and redistribute.
27. Name the codenames of all free versions of RedHat GNU/Linux.
28. What does FLOSS stand for?
29. Name ten software tools released by the FSF.
30. Name the most popular compiler collection in GNU/Linux.
31. Are you allowed to sell a GNU/Linux CD for $100?
If yes, what words of the GPL allow you to do that?
If no, which disallow you to do that?
32. Are you allowed to give away a GNU/Linux CD for free?
If yes, what words of the GPL allow you to do that?
If no, which disallow you to do that?
33. When redistributing a GNU/Linux CD, are you allowed to charge for CD media costs?
34. When redistributing a GNU/Linux CD, are you allowed to charge for support services you offer?
35. Why does the FSF stress on the word GNU in GNU/Linux?
36. Have you tried to translate the GPL into your native language?
If yes, how far have you succeeded?
If no, why not?
37. What is DRM?
38. What is good about DRM?
39. What is bad about DRM?
40. What is a rootkit?
41. Do DRM measures and rootkits have any connection?
42. What is Tivoization?
43. What is the latest version of GPL?
44. What prompted the FSF to introduce this new version?
45. Where do you go to find the Linux kernel source code?
46. Have you built any free software from source form into binary form on your own?
If yes, how did it go?
If no, why did you not try?
47. How much money does it cost you to get a fully free, legal copy of GNU/Linux?
48. How much money does it cost you to get a copy of any closed source operating system?
What other conditions are imposed on you, that are not imposed by GNU/Linux?
49. Who is Eben Moglen?
50. What is Eben Moglen now doing?
51. Why do opensource / free osftware projects need legal protection?
52. Who gives legal protection to FLOSS projects?
53. Is the GPL valid in court?
If yes, which court?
If no, why not?
54. What is catb?
55. What is right/wrong with the cathedral?
56. What is right/wrong with the bazaar?
57. Name three important principles elucidated in catb.
58. Who is Master Foo?
59. What is the Unix way?
60. What is the Eric conspiracy?
61. What is XEROX PARC?
62. Why is it so important?
63. What is SCO?
64. What is the SCO battle all about?
65. Where can you find the best information about the SCO verdict?
66. What was bad about Java according to the FSF?
67. What is now good about Java according to the FSF?
68. What is a patent?
69. What is bad about software patents?
70. Name five FLOSS programming languages.
71. Name two FLOSS compilers.
72. Name the inventor of the terms Apple and Macintosh .
73. What is QDOS?
74. What is Wordstar?
75. What happened to Wordstar?
76. What is Netscape?
77. Why was it made free?
78. What is Firefox?
79. What is it’s history?
80. What are Firefox extensions?
81. What products does Mozilla foundation offer?
83. What does Mozilla foundation charge for their products?
84. What is Google Pack?
85. What is the latest addition to Google Pack?
86. Why is better than other popular office suites?
87. Name five Office suites.
88. What is
89. What is
90. What is Freshmeat?
91. What is ThinkGeek?
92. What is Slashdot?
93. Why is the Slashdot system good?
94. What is the latest Linux kernel version?
95. Name five Linux distributions dedicated to security and hardware monitoring
96. What are Linux Journal, Linux Gazette, Linux Questions and Linux HQ?
97. What is GNU/Hurd?
98. What is Google Summer of Code?
99. How many categories and sub-categories of projects are present at Sourceforge?
100. What is SFLC?
101. What is kernel logging?
102. What are permissions in Linux and why are they important?
103. Why should you not log in as root for doing any routine work?
104. What is IRC?
105. Who pays for freenode infrastructure?
106. Who can you meet on IRC?
107. What do IRC users charge for giving advice on technical matters?
108. Does IRC shut down because you do not pay for it?
109. At what hour of the evening do you find FLOSS programmers writing code?
110. Do FLOSS programmers force you to pay for the code they write?
111. Have you directly used any FLOSS project?
112. In how many ways does FLOSS serve the casual internet surfer?
113. Have you donated any money or effort or service to any FLOSS project?
114. Have you thanked any author of the FLOSS program you use?
115. Do you know the name of the author or lead author of the FLOSS program you use?
116. Given a free weekend, would you go camping or contribute code, ideas or manpower to a FLOSS project, or both?
If yes, why?
If no, why?
117. What personal gain do FLOSS coders get from making the program?
118. What is a hacker?
119. What is a cracker?
120. Why is cracking bad?
121. Why do people crack?
122. Where can you start your own FLOSS project for free?
123. What is tigris?
124. What is apache?
125. What are the Haloween documents?
126. What is Transmeta?
127. What is project gutenberg?
128. What is wikipedia?
129. Why is it good?
130. Why is it inaccurate?
131. Why do people change wikipedia entries about themselves?
132. Why do people donate to wikipedia?
133. Why do people not donate equally enthusiastically to all other FLOSS projects they use?
134. Is services good for coders?
135. Have you heard of RedHat coder scholarships?
136. Have you heard of Google summer of code?
137. Name two sites where you can get lists of linux distributions.
138. Name three pages that list the Linux counterparts of popular closed source programs.
139. What is creative commons?
140. What is the philosophy behind the African word “ubuntu”?
141. Why did Mandrake Linux and Lindows change their names?
142. What are they now named?
143. What is MPX in the Linux world?
144. Why is MPX revolutionary?
145. What is the OLPC?
146. Why did OLPC start with Linux as the operating system?
147. Is Linux still the OS for OLPC?
If yes, why?
If no, why not?
148. What is the Jargon File?
149. Why are software petents nonsense?
150. Which page on the internet shows the problems of software patents in a nice graphical picture?
151. When was UNIX first written?
152. What is IPR?
153. What is copyright, trademark and patent?
154. What is the difference between them?
155. What happens when you use the laws for one of those three, to settle cases based on another of those?
Does that make sense?
156. What happens if software patents are enforced through litigations?
If that happens, will you want to choose IT/CS as your major or law?
157. What will happen to society if programers stop programming and start learning and practising law?
158. If you have a legal issue coming up due to your FLOSS project, who can you approach without fear or cost?
159. Where can you find a lot of UNIX and Linux HowTos?
160. What is Netcraft? Why is it useful?
170. What is spam?
171. What is phishing?
172. What is XSRF?
173. What is the popular subject line for virus emails?
174. Why should you not open emails promising pornography?
175. Why should you use an antispam solution?
176. What is Netiquette?
177. What is oligopoly?
178. What is a cartel?
179. Name three places where you can find a list of more than 5,000 FLOSS projects.
180. Name at least one place where you can find more than 1,00,000 software projects at one place.
181. Name five Linux distributions that have not made any patent or IP deals with any other company.
182. Name four window managers commonly used in Linux
183. What is LAMP?
184. What are the possible values for P in LAMP?
185. What is plone?
186. What is the history of Joomla! ?
187. What does the history of Joomla! teach you about free software and the importance of the free software license?
188. What is BDFL?
189. Do you think that early Linux programmers would actually go out on the streets distributing Linux CDs on Linux fest days?
190. Do you think you should distribute Linux CDs today?
If yes, why?
If no, why?
191. Why are BSD licenses called anarchic?
192. Why should you treat ISO certification differently from OSI certification?
193. Who runs international standards bodies?
194. Why should you use encryption for your email if allowed by law?
195. Why should you not post your email address, as-is on any web site?
196. Why should you use download managers for downloading Linux iso files?
197. What is Knoppix?
198. Have you used Knoppix?
If yes, why?
If no, why not?
199. Do you think FLOSS gives more opportunity to people to make a living from software?
200. Do you think that, overall, GNU/Linux and FLOSS have benefitted more people than have claimed it harmed?
If yes, why?
If no, do you use the internet often?

Made by everyone, Marketed by everyone!

One last thought –
Sourceforge has more than 100,000 projects awith at least a few thousand really stable and good ones.
What happens when you extend the quiz to include those as well?
What happens when you start distributing the money to geeks-in-the-making?

Take that! you baddies of the closed-mind world!
Now, anything is FLOSSible!

First, they laugh at you,
then, they criticize you,
then, they fight you,
then, you Linux!



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