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Topics: Geek, WC0610, Linux, penguin

Friday, 11 June 2010

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Penguin-costumed Linux fans step out for a bite to eat between sessions.

Dozens of fans of the open-source computer operating system Linux congregated at the Craterton Civic Center this weekend. Presentations centered around the convention's theme, "Linux: Not for Dummies."

"Why put up with the security holes and bloated code of MicroSuck, or pay half your retirement fund to own a Crapple, when you can download and install Linux--the BEST OPERATING SYSTEM EVER--for free?" asked keynote speaker Brad Lee in a panel discussion entitled "Why Linux Rules."

"We need to out-Crapple Crapple," said Drew Sorscod a little later in the discussion. "They keep coming up with all the cool stuff."

"Linux application developers need to do a better job of keeping up with Crapple," Melinda Gnuitall agreed. "It's all about innovation."

Many of the "Linnies," as the more fanatical among them are known, dressed in penguin costumes, a cartoon penguin being the symbol associated with Linux.

Why a penguin?

One costumed fan explained, "Because... it's Linux."

"Linux RULES!" shouted another fanatic, inciting a chorus of cheers, nerdly hand gestures, and what apparently were intended to be penguin mating calls.

Other presentations included "Penguin People: Smarter than the Average Bear," "Finding Versions of the Latest Applications That Will Actually Work on a Linux System," and "Being Linux in a non-Linux World."

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