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The first annual PPC/Linux community awards

Dec 22, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views has announced “The First Annual PPC/Linux Community Awards” — a mix of serious and tongue-in cheek winners and losers for 2000 . . .

Best Distribution

    1st Place – MkLinux R1

    After years of waiting, MkLinux R1 was finally finished with full support for all Nubus machines including SMP. Heralded by all as the greatest revision yet. All 5 remaining MkLinux users plan to upgrade as soon as the first service pack is announced

    2nd Place – LinuxPPC 2000 Q3

    Older is better! Or it is according to LinuxPPC Inc. who is bestowing a port of Red Hat 6.2 a year after Red Hat 6.2 was released. Released in August of this year, LinuxPPC 2000 Q3 once again sets the standard for installers comprised of an X server, a live filesystem so big it obsoletes low memory machines, and a few perl-gtk scripts. Way to go for the boys in Wisconsin

    Honorable Mention – Yellow Dog Gone Home

    'Linux for your neighbor and your dog.' Terra Soft gets our honorable mention for putting this dog to sleep.

    Note: For the clue deficient, none of these distro's were released resulting in a great irony in them winning awards. Trust us that this drips with comic genius.

Hacker of the Year
    1st Place – Linus Torvalds

    Some would say that Linus is prudent in accepting patches from our PPC maintainers. Some would say he is highly critical and selective. Others would say that he just plain plain ignores them. Whatever the case, his hesitation gives us time to spell check, grammar check, and do an OpenBSD style code audit
    on our patches. Thanks Linus

    2nd Place – Alan Cox

    For helping us sneak things past Linus. Thanks Alan.

Best New Hardware
    1st Place – Monta Vista

    For their line plotter made out of legos controlled by a PPC machine. Yes it is sad, the best new hardware was a homemade lego printer merely _attached_ to a PPC.

    2nd Place – Terra Soft

    For introducing the 'iDitarod' PPC cluster and proving once and for all that PPC clusters are feasible, cost competitive, and can have silly sounding names.

Best False Rumors
    Pop Boards in a few months
    Gigahertz G4s
    Apple to Dump PPC
    LinuxPPC Inc. going non-profit in the fall
    Emmett Plant demands twinkies for LUG appearances
    Mandrake releasing PPC version soon
    Red Hat releasing PPC version soon
    Apple to improve GCC
    Kernel 2.4 by May
    Kernel 2.4 by the Fall
    Kernel 2.4 by Thanksgiving
    Third Party G4 SMP upgrade boards
Best Technology Perpetually a Few Months Away
    POP design motherboards
Best Foreign Language Film
    Big Momma's House
Best Innovation
    The amazing cracking G4 Cube. G4 Cubes will become the Lava Lamp of this decade. Just turn it on, and watch it crack as it heats up!
Special Awards (aka the Serious Ones)

Time to shift gears and acknowledge those whose work benefited the community at large this year. I do not think it necessary to rank people's accomplishments or work, so the following is an unranked list of people who made this year a better year for PPC/Linux.

    Most Valuable Players

    Klaus Halfman for his HFS+ Utils
    Kevin Hendricks for his work on Java and OpenOffice
    Tom Rini for Xautocfg4
    Troy Bengerdes for his work on Airport, SMP, and clusters
    Franz Sirl for working on the toolchain and the input layer
    Samuel Rydh for Mac-On-Linux
    IBM's PPC/Linux Team
    Benjamin Herrenschmidt for SMP, Airport, core99, PCI work
    Andy Lowe for a complete Linux Trace Toolkit port
    Olaf Hering for kernel Q/A
    Paul Mackerras PPC64, IrDA, etc
    Cort Dougan PPC64, etc
    Takashi Oe for Nubus work
    RealNetworks for providing a PPC/Linux RealPlayer
    3dfx for loaning a V5 to Ani
    ATI for their assistance

    Our Greatest Loss

    On July 11, Joel Klecker (aka Espy) passed away at 21 years of age. Noone who saw 'Espy' in #mklinux knew that behind that handle was a young man suffering from a form of muscular dystrophy. Most people only knew him as 'the Debian glibc guy' and had no idea of the hardships Joel fought. Though physically impaired, he shared his great mind with others. Joel Klecker (aka Espy) will be missed.

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