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Samurai Chameleon: the Movie…

‘Nuff said.


11 Responses

  1. Nice movie! Ted, did it make with blender or another Open Source software?

  2. Gilles:
    I have no idea what software was used to make it. It was made by one of the guys who submitted a student video into the annual BrainShare video competition; same guy who did the really cool vids of the alien spacecraft where various types of system outages plague the other members of the crew, while the one cool dude using Novell happily boots with no problem and starts working. Maybe you’ve seen it.
    But I think the main thrust of your question is: was it created with OSS. I don’t know, but I would guess that it was not.

  3. Novell should really try to get this on TV around the world. 🙂

  4. I agree with hbons, put it on TV!

  5. Ted: thanks for your reply! And I agree with hbons too, put it on TV! 🙂

  6. Good TV material! Better than the bootloaders, logins managers and wallpapers in OpenSUSE alphas… you know, them unrecognisable reptiles…

  7. Nice!

  8. Very well done video.

    My question is on a bit of a tangent, and something I have wanted to ask since attending Linux World SF. Why samari?

    “Samurai, This character represents security and the strength of Linux” (ref). Why a violent image?

  9. Lloydd:
    We got a soccer player, too. I hope to be able to a surfer-dude produced at some point, too.
    Why a samurai? Because it’s kind of cool, you know? Seriously! Metaphors from war permeate human culture. In fact, in Metaphors We Live By George Lakoff systematically deconstructs how profoundly we frame the concept “arguement” as in terms of “war.” I guess that while I see violence as a very unfortunate propensity in human beings, I don’t think we can close our eyes to the fact that we have this terrible propensity because we absolutely must learn to control it. At the same time, so many great acheivements in science prove that conflict is also a force of wonderful productivity. So, if conflict is likely to always exist (which I think it is), then metaphors of violent conflict will likely always be a tool to elucidate our understanding of lesser conflicts. (Such as arguements, as Lakoff shows.) But that’s only if you were looking for my reply as a Humanist. 🙂

    As a humorist I say: if you view it as an image of violence, try imagine him about to slice cheese or some apples. 🙂


  10. Ted, you are a witty and intelligent fool. I feel strongly that our society uses a language of violence too often. It is no surprise that we live in a very violent world. I think images like Novell’s Samurai actually celebrate the violence — the cruel ruling class of historic Japan.

    It is great if Novell wants to be “fun”, but at Linux World SF I was embarressed for Novell and I do not see how it relates to the products.

    What a different message from Ubuntu’s which celebrates collaboration.

  11. I have it saved on my HP hw6510 communicator.

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