Geeks, Nerds Rally at LinuxWorld Penguin Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO--LinuxWorld's own version of the
The Geek team included Drew Stride, Sorceforge co-founder; Mike Betina, Red Hat; Joe Barr, Linuxworld.com columnist (wearing a "Free Sklyarov" T-shirt); Jesse Crocker, Perl and Java programmer; and two volunteers from the audience. The Nerd team members included a shoeless Doc Searls of Linux Journal; Michael Tiemann from Red Hat; Dan Quinlan, Linux Standard Base; and two audience volunteers.
This year's contestants played two rounds, answering questions ranging
in difficulty about
The Penguin Bowl host set the stage from the start. Nick Petreley, founding editor of varlinux.org, held aloft one of the large penguin trophies and asked, "Do you covet this, or what?" After cheers from the audience and contestants, the games began.
The Geeks volleyed back by answering a medium-difficulty question, "What does the acronym FINE stand for?" (FINE Is Not Emacs, referring to the text editor and recursive acronym.) Then, the nerds piped up with the obvious answer to an easy question, "What is the essential ingredient for programming fluid?" (Caffeine.)
Both teams were eluded by a vague Waggener-Edstrom question: What are Microsoft public relations firm Waggener-Edstrom's "owners" and "buddies"? The Nerds, and the Geeks missed the correct answer: People who are assigned to manage critical journalists.
Clenching the lead and displaying scholarly agility, the Nerds did a one-two punch with successive correct answers. One tricky question: "Can Linus play the guitar better than Jimi Hendrix?" Answer: Yes, so can you. Jimi Hendrix is dead.
Round 2 brought a series of inane
At the end of round two the score was Geeks 4800, Nerds 6800. The only way the Geeks could clench the title was to hope the Nerds flubbed the answer to the final question.
For the 10,000-point final question both teams had 60 seconds, a magic marker, poster board, and their gray matter.
In the end, both teams answered correctly and received 10,000 points. Victory went to the Nerds and Petreley vowed to fix his game show software before next year's Golden Penguin Bowl at New York's LinuxWorld show.