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.
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. 🙂
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.