Rooting for the Underdog

Posted by jeremyclarke on April 27, 2007 · General

Linux Mac Ad spoof I still don’t use Linux on a day to day basis (I have Ubuntu installed on my MacBook but only use it for a few weird tasks like checking projects on Internet Explorer), but I love to root for it nonetheless. Novell, who release the SUSE linux distribution, made some joke ads that play on the “I’m a Mac” ads that are slowly getting annoying, and they’re pretty good. A bit light on the actual content but that’s mostly just the medium I guess. Some day Apple will screw up or Linux will be truly ready and I’ll switch over. Until then I’ll just watch funny YouTube ads for it and think “Hell yeah, the mac ad with the bimbo was so sexist, props to Novell for making their ad a bit more balanced”.

First (best) one (others are in the YouTube sidebar, you know how it works).

Also of note in the “spoofing the damn Mac ads” arena is this set , which feature a “I’m a Mac” character who is basically just a dumbass and a “I’m a PC” who trades John Hodgeman’s tweediness for just more pompousness. They try to argue against most of the real points made in the original ads but usually fail to point out anything relevant to the actual topics they argue (as well as having factual omissions, like implying that Macs don’t have pre-installed firewalls).

Posted by jeremyclarke on April 27, 2007 · General

1 Comment

  1. Steven Mansour

    Interesting point of view. I’m at the other end of the spectrum: I use Linux and Windows, and open up the Mac whenever I need some to do some light video editing (which is about the only thing that the Mac still has an edge on).

    When I get Adobe Premiere for Windows (or if Linux video editing suites suddenly stop sucking), I won’t even need to ever use the Mac again.

    Everyone uses the OS they prefer, and that’s fine – it’s a big world, we can coexist!

    I’m a stickler for quality, though – an audiophile and videophile. I can’t imaging shelling out 4 grand for a mid-range laptop with a bargain basement videocard, and no real line-in port, and what has to be the absolutely, positively worst USB drive support in the history of computing.

    Who knows, maybe one day Apple will truly be ready or Linux will screw up (impossible since no one really controls or owns it…), and I’ll switch back. ;)

    Until then… well, my Apple laptop makes a fine, fine internet tablet. Anything more than that, though, and it’s a coaster.

    May 2nd, 2007 at 1:41 pm

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