Linux Journal On-Line: Committed to Linux or Just Devoted?

Tushar Teredesai tush at
Wed May 22 13:08:18 PDT 2002

:)) May the most geeky LFSer win:)

*The Lighter Side 
Committed to Linux or Just Devoted?*
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2002 by Richard Vernon <mailto:richard at>
Now's the time to let that fanaticism pay off./

We recently ran a short humor piece 
<> on this very web site 
that asked the question: Are You a Linux Waif? The article was submitted 
by a woman who has been married to a "Linux man" for 13 years. She said 
she'd understand if we didn't want to run it because it might be funny 
only to her and her husband.

Whether people found it funny I don't know, but for a lot of people it 
struck close to home and turned out to be one of the most commented 
articles on the site, with people writing in to share their own Linux 
waif stories. The level of raving fanaticism, er, I mean enthusiastic 
devotion, ignited a spark of inspiration in our free-beer-numbed minds. 
We came up with an idea that will provide the staff of /Linux Journal/ 
with some free entertainment, while giving our readers an opportunity to 
win a truly fabulous prize.

In the spirit of the old MTV show /Fanatic/, we will be hosting a 
contest to discover the most dedicated (rabid) Linux devotee (fanatic). 
If you can prove to us that you are the superlative Linux zealot, you 
will win complimentary passage on the Linux Lunacy 2002 Caribbean cruise 
<> and a chance to meet some of the 
most renowned people in the Linux and Open Source communities, including 
Linus Torvalds, Ted Ts'o, Guido van Rossum and our own Phil Hughes. 
Ports of call include Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Holland-America's 
private Caribbean island, Half Moon Cay.

To enter, simply submit some kind of physical evidence of your Linux 
ardor to:

/Linux Journal/
Fanatic Contest
PO Box 55549
Seattle, WA 98155-0549

Submissions must be received by July 5, 2002. The grand prize winner and 
two runners-up will be announced in the September issue of /Linux 
Journal/. The runners-up will also receive a most excellent prize; check 
here <> for details.

Example forms of submission are essay, film, photographs or any 
combination thereof. For instance, a short film of you wearing your 
penguin pajamas to a five-star restaurant while trying to show the 
waiter how to hack the restaurant's point-of-sale system (running 
embedded Linux) to keep a more "accurate" account of tips would probably 
make you a major contender.

We look forward to receiving your entries. Good luck!

Richard Vernon is editor in chief of /Linux Journal/.

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