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All Linux needs is a good commercial

(Jack Wallen, Linux and Open Source - TechRepublic) That’s what commercials do. They take products and make them desirable, no matter what the product. Think about how many bad products have been sold by good commercials. The right commercial can get the public to buy a steaming pile of poo and think they have purchased gold. And that is just what Linux needs. Mark Shuttleworth needs to spend some coin to purchase some air time and create a commercial for the Ubuntu distribution that will become a viral wonder. Make Linux mysterious, sexy, and funny! Make it something the people can talk about.

The scene comes up with Larry David (creator of Seinfeld and star of TV’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. He’s obviously having a bit of trouble (in the way only Larry David can have trouble). He’s getting frustrated at something. He’s growing verklempt over an issue with his laptop. He’s picking it up and shaking it saying, “No, no, no, no, no!” In comes Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine from Seinfeld) who sits down beside him with her own laptop. She opens up the laptop and the welcoming ditty from the Ubuntu GNOME desktop login is heard. Elaine starts working away. Mr. David looks over at Elaine’s laptop and says, “You better be careful, there’s a virus going around here…your computer will catch it.” Mr. David starts to give Elaine’s laptop the “evil eye” and says, “Catch it. Catch it. Catch it!”

It doesn’t catch it. Elaine continues working and eventually says: “Larry, it’s Linux…it won’t catch it. It’s safe.”
Larry: “Well, give me Linux.”
Elaine: “Go get it yourself.”
Larry: “But I just bought this laptop, I don’t want to have to buy anything else.”
Elaine: “It’s free. Now go away.”
Larry: “Free…” The gears are working in Larry’s brain. “What’s the catch. There’s always a catch.”
Elaine: “No catch, Larry. It’s just free.”
Larry looks over Elaine’s shoulder as she continues working.
Larry: “Looks good. Hard to believe all of that is free. Why haven’t I heard of this before?”
Elaine: “You have now. Now go away!”
Larry: “Fine. I’ll go get this Linux.”
Larry grabs his laptop and leaves the room. Fade out with voice of Jerry Seinfeld saying, “If Larry David can use it…”

 
 
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