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Sunday April 20th 2014

April Foolishness – Link O’Rama





LinuxToday is the one day a year when jokes and pranks invade the Internet and confuse those who forget what day it is. There have been some classics in the past, but new ideas are becoming more and more difficult to come up with. That doesn’t keep every Webmaster from trying though. Here’s a collection of this year’s silliness.

The first joke to appear this year on my radar was Techlaze’s scoop of Richard Stallman’s new too-old-to-be-a-hippie line of clothing. Stallman was quoted as saying, "Walking down the halls of MIT, I’d often see my colleagues dressed rather shabbily, and it was then that I decided to do something about it." Be sure to read the entire thing here, because it just may go down in the books as the most creative this year. The best April Fool’s jokes are almost so obvious, why didn’t I think of it years ago and it almost seems believable for a minute or two. This one does that.

The Powerbase received a tip from a loyal reader pointing them to a leaked Microsoft Office 2013 For Linux Screenshot. Yes, they did post it.

A couple of new highly specialized distributions have been announced today. Seems Biebian, a Justin Bieber Linux, has become the most popular distribution on Distrowatch.com. Retro Fedora has all the old software whose bugs you miss so much. Hsiloof Linux offers users binary compatibility with Windows.

Other distribution news includes Arch’s newest honor of being declared the most user-friendly distro by Linus Torvalds himself. But on the sad side, it seems Patrick Volkerding is burnt out trying to keep up with all the "new-fangled stuff" in Linux development these days and is giving up Slackware. Gentoo finally has a working installer and Canonical has released a version of Ubuntu for eyewear. Canonical is quite busy these days by also partnering with Microsoft on a new interface. Xubuntu is changing its code-base to Debian and the redux of Commodore will be shipping with Lubuntu.

Speaking of hardware, a project has been underway to bring XO Laptops to the inhabitants of Antarctica, but disappointment quickly followed when it was discovered someone beat them to the idea.

In software, KDE Multimedia switches to Akode and Distrowatch.com testdrives GNOME 4. Oh, and don’t forget Xfce’s early joke on users.

If you’re a fan of Google’s, they never miss a good April Fool’s Day:

 

 

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