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LinuxWorld: The Penguin Brief: The Golden Penguin Bowl

Feb 12, 2001, 06:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Linus shows he's a nerd; and, how Nick created and tested the software program."

"The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo (LWCE) in New York City held January 30 to February 2 was an absolute blast. I had the privilege of hosting the Golden Penguin Bowl. We split a dozen geeks into two teams -- the Geeks and the Nerds -- to answer trivia questions that most self-respecting geeks should know. Each member of the winning team received a gorgeous, handblown glass penguin. We also had two members of the Linux community judging: Don Marti of Linux Journal and Rob Malda from Slashdot."

"We deliberately left three empty seats on each side to fill with audience volunteers. I gathered the volunteers "Monty Hall style" (for those of you old enough to remember the Let's Make a Deal quiz show) by selecting them according to whether they had particular items of geek paraphernalia on hand: digital cameras, PDAs, etc. I also asked if anyone had directly contributed to the Linux kernel source code. I prearranged to have a hero of mine, Linus Torvalds, pretend to be an unsolicited volunteer for one of the teams and raise his hand for the source code question. When I chose him as a contestant, I asked the audience if anyone could vouch for him as a valid contributor to Linux, but I don't recall whether or not any hands went up...."

"And while I'm expressing gratitude, let me toss some thanks once again to Trolltech for its excellent Qt toolkit, which I used as the basis for the Golden Penguin Bowl software. I also want to draw attention to KDevelop, the superb integrated development environment I used to create and test the program."

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