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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Linux-style

By Lisa Hoover on March 17, 2008 (2:25:09 PM)

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Today is St. Patrick's Day, a national holiday in Ireland that's celebrated by people of Irish lineage worldwide. Like Ireland itself, the holiday is associated with the color green -- as are many things in the Linux universe.

Since Linux is perfect for resurrecting old hardware and making it functional again, it could really be considered green in the sense of being eco-friendly (and is poised to become more so in the coming months). Some companies, though, are taking that concept to the next level. Zonbu has its own line of "earth-loving, zero-emissions" PC and laptops that come preloaded with a customized version of Gentoo Linux. Of course, you can always build your own machine using the most energy-efficient parts you can find.

If you're planning on installing a new flavor of Linux today in honor of St. Patty's Day, green-hued distro openSUSEwill put your system in the holiday spirit. If you're looking for an authentically Irish distro, try Linux Mint or Blue Linux, whose main development teams are both based in Ireland.

If you want to celebrate the day while working remotely from the Irish pub down the street, then take OLPC's XO laptop with you. Its green and white shell will help you blend right in with the shamrock-wearing people around you.

You may not be able to lay your hands on Trolltech's Greenphone this year. Originally developed as a method to showcase the phone's operating system, Qtopia, only a limited number of Greenphones were produced. Though some units remain in circulation, Trolltech announced last October that its inventory had sold out and the company would no longer offer the model, but its SDK is still available.

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: unknown] on March 17, 2008 02:59 PM
Today is not St. Patrick's Day. This year it was on the 15th.

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.16.91.34] on March 17, 2008 03:35 PM
Anonymous, today is most certainly St. Patrick's Day.
As someone who cycled through Dublin during the parade, I'm in a unique position to verify this :P.

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Re: Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.96.151.102] on March 18, 2008 06:22 AM
To: Anonymous [ip: 89.16.91.34]

The first link (Wikipedia) points out why March 17 2008 was not St Pat's Day.

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 200.69.219.97] on March 17, 2008 03:42 PM
Weird, BlueLinux's logo looks *exactly* as DreamLinux's (http://www.dreamlinux.com.br)

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.44.88.59] on March 17, 2008 04:48 PM
You forgot to mention the Slackware's saint ! But hey, Patrick Volckerding is actually god!

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.164.89.59] on March 17, 2008 04:49 PM
What's most appealing about St. Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Eire. So wherever you may be, drive out the snakes, whether they be the slithering ones that scurry along the ground or the two-legged variety that occupy executive offices in Redmond, Washington.

Larry Cafiero <-- not anonymous -- never was, never will be
HeliOS Solutions West
Felton, California, U.S.A.

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 137.244.215.19] on March 17, 2008 05:29 PM
And you completely forgot the ultracool, fast and small Slax distro's splash screen right at boot has a big ol' Irish-green Clover leaf!!

Anyway, cheers and Happy St. Patrick's day!

nomasteryoda

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.16.169.77] on March 17, 2008 09:04 PM
I created a wallpaper especially for the day ;-)

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/St.+Patricks+Day?content=76964

Enjoy..

Slán
Derek

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Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.47.230.235] on March 20, 2008 05:04 AM
It may have been St. Patrick's Day, but it wasn't St. Partick's day (spelling)

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Re: Celebrate St. Partick's Day, Linux-style

Posted by: Joe Barr on March 20, 2008 11:21 AM
Thanks for pointing that out. We've fixed it now.

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