Thursday, March 22, 2007

Oh, so NOW you want Linux?

Blogged today on CNET: "According to Novell ads, Linux is a cute girl who needs a haircut." Novell, which sells machines pre-installed with SUSE Linux, has created their own ads parodying Apple's brilliant "Mac vs. PC" TV spots.

The Novell ad is nothing special, but the other links from the blog post are fascinating--especially the 1996 comparison of PC and Mac users (denim shirt? really?) and the international versions of Apple's ads. For example, compare the UK/Ireland "Network" spot (page 1, far right) to the American version (page 4, third from the right); the premise is the same, but the execution and tone are substantially different. Romance may be universal, but comedy isn't always so.

And for the record, I don't think Linux needs a haircut.


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