Surely the Linux Community can create some useful memes

Story: Life without walls.Total Replies: 20
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tracyanne

Apr 02, 2009
4:33 PM EST
from this latest Windows adverts.

Like "without Walls, there are no Windows." or "life without Walls is life without Windows" or "I tore down the walls and threw away Windows."
ColonelPanik

Apr 02, 2009
7:36 PM EST
If you like walls you will love windows!
jezuch

Apr 03, 2009
12:57 AM EST
[an old one:] Linux is like a tipi: no Gates, no Windows and an Apache inside.
machiner

Apr 03, 2009
5:17 AM EST
In your world Windows chooses you, in mine, I choose Linux.

Windows gives you a pre-built condo with fees, clogged-up drains, and a broken front door lock. Linux gives you an acre, tools and materials, instruction, and an army to help you build your castle. With, or without a moat.

I get mine where I choose, you get yours in the as....k another to help you today.
Bob_Robertson

Apr 03, 2009
8:40 AM EST
Oh no.

"With Windows, the BSA chooses YOU!"

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I thought the "Peace, Love, Linux" meme was really good. Running with that, we get John Lennon singing "Imagine there's no copyright...", "Please Copy That Floppy!", "Where do you want to go ... tomorrow?"

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A raid at a Starbucks full of laptop-using yuppies (obfuscated of course, to not infringe copyright, maybe "goddess coffees"), the black-tactical-clad officers with BSA in big yellow letters (or again some obfuscation) on their backs block the exits. Some lawyer-looking types follow as the stormtroopers start checking everyone's computers.

"Sir! The Scan shows that this laptop has a pirated OS.", "Sir! The Scan shows this laptop has illegal copies of word processing and video creation software.", etc.

After a while, the boss sees one of his stormtroopers looking dumbly at his scanner next to a laptop with TUX on it somewhere. "Robertson! You haven't fulfilled your quota! What did The Scan find?"

"Sir, I... I... this computer has no pirated software on it at all."

The room goes still. Everyone, especially the laptop owners in handcuffs, looks over and listens carefully.

"But, how can that be? YOU! Answer the question!"

"I run Linux."

As the Linux user closes his laptop and walks out free, the camera cuts to Robertson, sitting in the vacated Linux user's chair and starting to cry, as his boss leans over and says, "You're fired!"

Linux: Free, as in Freedom.

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How about a commercial with an entire office of screaming white-collar types, screen after screen showing some awful virus, and one lone cubicle at peace, maybe saving a spreadsheet, and when the application closes has a TUX picture as its desktop graphic with LINUX in big letters: "Use your computer, when everyone around you is losing theirs."

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How many more do people want?
Sander_Marechal

Apr 03, 2009
8:45 AM EST
Quoting:"Use your computer, when everyone around you is losing theirs."


Ohh, I like that one :-)
bigg

Apr 03, 2009
8:57 AM EST
> "Please Copy That Floppy!"

I like that one the best.

I'm also reminded of one of the presidential campaign commercials, "Still", where they showed a disco ball, McCain was wearing big glasses and an out-of-date suit, and a great big cordless phone. It's time to move on. Not copying software is so 1994. "Oh no, I lost my 25-digit activation code. I paid $300 and I can't even install it on my new laptop!"
machiner

Apr 03, 2009
9:46 AM EST
Quoting:A raid at a Starbucks full of laptop-using yuppies (obfuscated of course, to not infringe copyright, maybe "goddess coffees"), the black-tactical-clad officers with BSA in big yellow letters (or again some obfuscation) on their backs block the exits. Some lawyer-looking types follow as the stormtroopers start checking everyone's computers.

"Sir! The Scan shows that this laptop has a pirated OS.", "Sir! The Scan shows this laptop has illegal copies of word processing and video creation software.", etc.

After a while, the boss sees one of his stormtroopers looking dumbly at his scanner next to a laptop with TUX on it somewhere. "Robertson! You haven't fulfilled your quota! What did The Scan find?"

"Sir, I... I... this computer has no pirated software on it at all."

The room goes still. Everyone, especially the laptop owners in handcuffs, looks over and listens carefully.

"But, how can that be? YOU! Answer the question!"

"I run Linux."

As the Linux user closes his laptop and walks out free, the camera cuts to Robertson, sitting in the vacated Linux user's chair and starting to cry, as his boss leans over and says, "You're fired!"

Linux: Free, as in Freedom.


Wicked.
TxtEdMacs

Apr 03, 2009
9:56 AM EST
B_R,

Lousy story. The suits with grab their concealed weapons, murdering the BSA types as the run for the door. Once at the exit, they shoot wildly into the crowd of local stations outlets and the few network drones on hand. A few pick clean the bodies of the BSA and lawyers of pirated MS software before they too run off gleefully.

Oh, the Linux types (those scruffy type of losers), they sit quietly watching the show sipping their coffees wondering about the fuss and those soon to smell dead bodies strewn about the store.

YBT
gus3

Apr 03, 2009
10:26 AM EST
A visual depiction of Conficker/Nimda as a study in contrasts. An office environment of a World Famous OS, through which the worm packets are roaming freely from one system to another, and people complain about how slow their systems are.

Fade to a home system, with Tux hovering above like a guardian angel, while worm packets charge him, only to dissolve into nothing, or shatter into fifty pieces (easy on the CGI).

"It's your computer. Linux keeps it that way."
ColonelPanik

Apr 03, 2009
10:33 AM EST
g3: You sunk my battleship!

"It's your computer. Linux keeps it that way." +1
helios

Apr 04, 2009
2:23 PM EST
My favorite:

In a world without walls, you don't need Windows.

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tuxchick

Apr 04, 2009
3:30 PM EST
Steve Ballmer is a monkeyboy, and BillG is teh poopyhead!

Just contributing a bit of class wherever I can.
tracyanne

Apr 04, 2009
6:05 PM EST
Quoting:A raid at a Starbucks full of laptop-using yuppies (obfuscated of course,....


I love it, when does shooting start, and who plays the Linux user?
caitlyn

Apr 04, 2009
7:45 PM EST
Tuxchick: Those sure are class memes. I just can't decide if they are from the first grade class or the second grade class :)
gus3

Apr 04, 2009
8:15 PM EST
catilyn: Either way, Ballmer is the class bully, full of bluster and fear.
Bob_Robertson

Apr 05, 2009
7:09 AM EST
Tracyanne, even my wife liked that commercial-length script, and she's the dedicated Windows/I.E. user in the house.

After seeing Caitlyn's and G3's comments, I thought that the head lawyer-type might look like Ballmer and end up throwing chairs in naked fury, but then decided that might make a good "variation on a theme."

Maybe Ubuntu might pay for one where the F/OSS user says, "I run Ubuntu". I don't know that BSD could get their collective acts together long enough to make one themselves....
tracyanne

Apr 05, 2009
7:36 AM EST
@Bob, and you didn't put in an entry for the I'm Linux competition, what other ideas do you have?
Bob_Robertson

Apr 05, 2009
1:20 PM EST
> I'm Linux competition

You mean the "Hi, I'm a Mac" commercials?

"My" idea was already used, where the female Linux was given new clothes. I would put it slightly differently, with a "hold on..." and complete reconfiguration in a short time to fit whatever needs to be done. Maybe a flicker through dozens of different costumes/tool-sets, doctor, lawyer, mechanic, movie director, etc, stopping at the one needed right now.

Oh well.
gus3

Apr 05, 2009
2:10 PM EST
"He's learning... he's growing..."

The IBM commercial from 2003, while thin on facts, did make for some impressive advertising.
tracyanne

Apr 05, 2009
3:15 PM EST
@gus3, Advertising and Facts never mix.

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