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Hi :)
No worries!  It was good to hear from you and also good to get a
chuckle on a day which is otherwise quite depressing or annoying for a
lot of people.  Plus, i had been taking the initial post waaaay too
seriously before you pointed out 'the obvious'.

Then, to cheer myself up further, i looked for "BolgenOS".  Apparently
the story has moved on.

It started years ago with a Russian school-kid forking Ubuntu and
replacing all the logos with his own one, allegedly including for 3rd
party apps such as Firefox (although i can't quite believe that bit
and you'll see why).  When he presented it to his IT Tutor as "all his
own work" (which i also have trouble believing but lets not mess-up
the story!) the tutor really believed the kid had really knocked
Microsquish for six.  The national news covered the story with a
mini-documentary about how this kid had apparently knocked-up
something that rivalled MS Windows and further exaggerated it that
he'd done it over a couple weeks holiday, or maybe just a weekend!
Then the national school board 'looked into it' and got so excited
about it that they were allegedly keen to roll it out across all
schools across the nation after first test-driving it in a few

Apparently BolgenOS continues but now admits to being a fork and has
put the relevant logos back.  There are some claims that the community
has reached around 10 million people but having looked at the site i
find that hard to believe.  The main thing is that it seems to still
be supported and has followers.

When my mum went to college she was set an assignment to write a short
ditty for music classes.  Suddenly a short refrain popped into her
head that she couldn't recognise it from anywhere so she wrote it down
quickly and handed it in and got a "B +" for it.  Later the teacher
played it and my mum was shocked to hear it was Beethoven's 5th, well
maybe not that one as it's the number 1 most easily recognisable piece
and even says it's own name over and over again in the music, but
something along those lines.  My mum went a bit red but none of the
other music students recognised it and neither did the teacher!!!  The
bit i find most amusing is that the music teacher thought Beethoven
(or whoever) was only worthy of a B+.

Obviously a LOT of people were upset about the BolgenOS story but for
me the most upsetting part was that
1.  an IT Tutor had no idea about non-MS OSes.  Even if he/she was a
more generic science teacher i'd have hoped for a little less
ignorance!  That national news put the work into filming a
mini-documentary but failed to do any kind of research into trying to
find similar examples is no surprise.  There ARE a lot of good journos
out there but sensationalism seems more profitable most of the time.
2.  That the school-boards might flee back to MS to avoid the
embarrassment rather than latch onto the stronger OSes that have
better support-structures.

Of course the Russian and other space-programmes are largely built on
unix and unix-based platforms, certainly for their command&control
critical systems.  Amusingly on the space station they occasionally
have to send up someone to fix all the astronaughts/cosmonaughts
laptops and free them from viruses, malware etc.  Apparently at least
once all the laptops went down due to malware.  However none of the
command&control systems have needed as much as a reboot in all the
decades they have been up there.  There was some talk of the laptops
going over to Linux too but i dunno if it ever happened.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 26 December 2013 05:57, Robert Holtzman <> wrote:
On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 10:53:28PM +0000, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I don't think it's good policy to be rude to trolls.  One of the
things they are aiming for is to make the list seem unfriendly and
then be able to quote those examples out-of-context.

As I said at the top of my reply, I seldom reply to FUD but I had time on my hands
and was bored. Beside, sometimes I just like to declare open season on


Bob Holtzman
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