After a losing a long bout with insomnia early Thursday morning, I started to looking at different Internet memes and matched them with — how can I put this mildly? — a current annoyance in the FOSS world known as the Indiegogo campaign for Ubuntu Edge.
You can all blame Mark Terranova, who on Wednesday posted this on Facebook:
Of course, that’s not really Michael Myers in the photo, but the guy’s whose face graces that photo does begin with an M. So it got me thinking: There are a lot of different, popular memes that would apply to the Ubuntu Edge situation. Like:
Jimmy McMillan. You can’t go wrong with Jimmy McMillan when something — like, oh I don’t know, an amount like $32 million — is too damn high. Then there were others, like the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” guy:
Office Space: Clearly, this particular Indiegogo campaign would warm the heart of Bill Lumbergh:
A nod to Tolkein and “Lord of the Rings” (OK, a nod to Peter Jackson and his film, anyway):
Of course, no meme collection would be complete without an “angry Picard,” though those who know TNG will tell you that he’s actually reciting a Shakespearean sonnet:
I didn’t make this next one. Actually, my good friend Juan Rodriguez — who himself is one of the most interesting men in the world (and a damn good programmer to boot) — posted this on Facebook, and “The Most Interesting Man in the World” weighs in:
Memed out yet? One more — and you all know this one would appear sooner or later:
Yep, well, I have a cup of coffee and an imgflip.com account. There’s a lot more where these came from.
Last, but by no means least, I still advocate for folks to donate to the following groups instead of giving millions to a company which doesn’t care much about anything other than itself. Give instead to:
Reglue (especially Reglue, which is creating a new generation of FOSS users as you read this sentence)
Partimus (bringing Linux boxes to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, or any other project like it)
CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)
Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)
Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.
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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)