In Pictures: The Australasia and Linux Quiz

Think you know about Linux in Australasia? Test your knowledge with these questions

  • Linus Torvalds was bitten by a penguin while holidaying in Australia. It's widely believed this encounter encouraged Torvalds to select Tux as the official Linux mascot. Where did Torvalds get bitten?

  • Canberra Zoo. Torvalds went to the zoo with Canberra local Andrew Tridgell. The rest is history

  • Which city has hosted twice?

  • Sydney has held the event in 2001 and 2007

  • John Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition, with Source Code and published in 1976 by Lions as an operating systems text for his university students, is commonly held to be the most photocopied book in computer science. Following the releases of Unix Version 7 in the late 1970s, AT&T prevented the sale of the book, so it spread by samizdat to users and hackers alike. The book was eventually reprinted by Peer-To-Peer Communications in 1996 and even though it was 20 years old, was named "Book of the Year" by Unix Review magazine. Which university did John Lions teach at when he penned his Unix tome? Image Credit:

  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) Ken Thompson, co-author of Unix had this to say: "After 20 years, this is still the best exposition of the workings of a 'real' operating system." Image Credit:

  • In 2005, Jeff Waugh won a Google/O'Reilly Open Source award which recognised his work on GNOME (Release Manager 2001-2005) and Ubuntu (business and community development at Canonical 2004-2006). Which award did he win?

  • Best Evangelist. The transcript of the award presentation read: "Sometimes its easy to evangelize for a great product, but then some of us like our next recipient simply take on a second project just to keep things interesting. Our next award recipient has done just that. During the day he tirelessly sings the praises of Ubuntu and at night does the same with the Gnome project."

  • Pia Waugh, former president of Linux Australia, is currently serving as policy adviser working for which Senator?

  • Australian Senator Kate Lundy

  • president and key kernel contributor Jonathan Corbet said the latest release of the Linux kernel, 2.6.33 is expected to be out by the beginning of March and among its new features is a reverse-engineered driver for Nvidia graphics chipsets. What is the driver called?

  • [[artnid: 332802|Nouveau.]] The driver has been reverse-engineered for Nvidia graphics chipsets, which constitutes a major part of the desktop market. Nvidia doesn’t cooperate in terms of drivers so the effort has involved about a dozen developers from all over the world, including Australia

  • At his talk at 2005 in Canberra, how did founder of the Samba project Andrew Tridgell find out how to interact with the proprietary BitKeeper server?

  • Telnet to the BitKeeper server and type 'help' The result of which lead to a very public dispute between Tridgell and Linux creator Linus Torvalds (Pictured).

  • In which ongoing Australian court case has downloading GNU Linux software been cited as one of the legal uses of BitTorrent?

  • [[artnid: 324984|]The landmark court case between internet service provider, iiNet, and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT)]].

  • Python release manager Anthony Baxter presented a now famous paper in 2004. What was it titled?

  • "Scripting Language My Arse": Using Python for Voice over IP That talk is semi-infamous now, says Baxter. "It got mentioned in Scott Rosenberg's book "Dreaming in Code". Pity I'm unlikely to ever come up with a better talk title, ah well."

  • The Sony PlayStation 3 is based on the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture, and will run Linux without modification. The interesting component of the Cell/B.E. is the on-chip vector processors, or SPEs. When running Linux on a PS3, how many SPEs are available to the programmer?

  • Six. OzLabs's Cell guru is Jeremy Kerr and his blog ( offers more detailed info on his project

  • Linus Torvalds. As it turned out the total money raised was approaching $40,000 at the time of the great shave on the last day of the conference. [[artnid: 274149|Here are the photos to prove it]].

  • At last year's Linux Australia conference in Hobart, Tasmania, the attendees participated in a charity auction to raise money for the Save the Tasmanian Devil foundation. An award-winning photo taken by Bdale's wife was auctioned at the Penguin Dinner. A bidder offered $5,000 for the painting if Bdale shaved his 27-year-old beard off. It was then extrapolated by Bdale and other bidders that if the total money raised exceeded $AUS25,000 then who would shave Bdale?

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