Successfully use social media, an iPod, and traditional media on your machine (note: this involves getting Flash to cooperate)
Compile a program from source
File a bug report
Contribute to a project in some way
Its In The Mail
Make a post
Keepin’ It In The Family
Convince a family member to install Linux
Compile your own kernel
Like A Boss
Write a post that generates over 1,000 hits in a single day
Solve a problem with the help of IRC
Listen to only ogg-vorbis music for a week
Run a virtual machine to accomplish something
Fix a bricked machine
Make a post at least once a week for the entire experiment
Respond to a request either online or on the experiment with “why would you want to do that?” or “just learn Python”
Wrote and posted a -useful- bash script
Shares Well With Others
Setup sharing with another operating system
The Ballmer Peak
Resort to drinking while overcoming a problem
The Corporate Shill
Install something proprietary
The Grass Is Always Greener
Change desktop environments (to something you’ve never used before)
Go the entire experiment and post at least 2,000 words without cursing about Linux
The Sound Of Freedom
Listen to an entirely free (copyleft) album
Use lynx and pine for a week
We Are The 82.58%
Successfully install and run a Windows only application
Gimme medals! (in the voice of Muttley) Gimme!
I’ve yet to notice 1000 hits/day on any post I’ve made, but it might have happened. Not that bothered, really. Oh – wait – p’raps this comment will crack it? 😉
The giveaway is that I first posted a useful bash script on a BBS in the 1980s. It was a setup/teardown script for uucp, iirc….
Never done the RTFM thing, and don’t plan to. And yes, I worked on a helpdesk for years…
I’ve never felt the need to curse about Unix or Linux – the answer is always in there somewhere, plus… just a little more of Ballmer’s booze and it’s either fixed, or I could care less…
MS products are different matter, starting with tape edition MS EDTASM on our Trash-80 clone. Pigging thing ate _all_ of my RAM! All 8MB! No room for Code! Useless, mutter, alllthatmoney, mutter, curse, koff, money, mutter, mymoneygone….
Solved with a stick of RAM chips from work and some crafty leg-lifted piggybacking to get the addresses fully decoded.
What with the extra switches glued to the top to enable the extra keycodes it resembled the computer of Borg in more ways than one. Can’t believe I did offline DSP on sound samples with a Z80…
So, do I get a medal? Ben
The Humanist: Install LInux/GNU or $BSD to a computer and give it to someone who can’t afford one.
The Educator: Provide an institution with a computer to help defray costs to students.
The initiator: start a group in your community to educate people on Linux/UNIX and how to help one’s self.