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Quiz: March of the Penguin (Linuxworld Boston, 2006)

Last year was a big year for penguins, from their appearance in Oscar-winning documentaries to wholesale adoption of Linux by South America's largest economy. What does 2006 hold in store?

TechTarget's experts went in search of the hottest news and trends at this year's Linuxworld with high hopes of learning where the penguin might be marching next.
(Hint: It wasn't to go fishing off the coast of Antarctica!)

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1. All conferees, whether dressed in (penguin) suits or (penguin) t-shirts, were excited about this server program, which is fast becoming a key corporate medium for facilitating internal team discussions, maintaining system documentation and encouraging community-driven product knowledge bases.
a. collaborative authoring
b. wiki
c. Samba
d. WebDav
e. contextual collaboration

2. This was the hottest hardware on display, described in loving detail by MIT Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte's keynote speech. What was it?
a. the $50 Linux-based PDA
b. the $300 Linux-based tablet PC
c. the $10 Linux-based disposable cell phone
d. the $100 Linux-based laptop
e. the $500 Linux-based automatic penguin feeder

3. The product from Question #2 runs on a slimmed-down version of Fedora Core. What has this version of Linux been dubbed by the penguin-loving masses?
a. Lithe Linux
b. Skinny Linux
c. Sexy Linux
d. Linux Lite
e. Flat-top Fedora

4. Question #2's answer has a host of features that will allow it to function in the developing world, the audience that Negroponte is targeting for its release. What are they?
a. The ability to form ad hoc networks, creating both LAN in villages and sharing internet access
b. The ability to create its own power, in the absence of a power grid, by use of a human-powered hand crank
c. The ability to survive immersion or brief exposure to flame
d. A & B
e. All of the above
(See the third paragraph in the article)

5. Another much discussed topic at Linuxworld was the emergence of two distinct desktop environments in Linux. What are they? GNOME & _____
a. KDE
b. ELF

6. Given the two competing environments, a new initiative has sprung up to bridge the gap. "The Portland Project" was created by this non-profit that promotes Linux adoption. What is it?
c. OMG
d. OBL

7. As a trend, this sever software concept was unavoidable at this year's Linuxworld, from Dell CTO Kevin Kettler's keynote speech to numerous startups selling their newest versions. What is it?
a. shelling
b. immersion
c. visualization
d. virtualization
e. vitalization

8. Which of these hot technology trends is driving the adoption of Question #7's answer?
a. Network computing
b. Utility computing
c. Blade servers
d. Outsourcing
e. Multi-core processing

9. Knowledge management in the open source world has gotten even hotter. What company's offbeat name is attached to the launch of a wiki-based knowledge store designed to help organizations better organize scattered data pools of IT documentation?
a. Skink
b. Skunk
c. Splunk
d. Slink
e. Stringk
(See the last paragraph in the article)

10. Given the amount of money that is now firmly committed to the Linux market, it's no surprise that licensing and copy right issues continue to circulate throughout the community. A "GPL" lists terms and conditions for copying, modifying and distributing free software. What does GPL stand for?
a. Granted Public License
b. Gleeful Private Leave
c. Giant Public Lease
d. Guaranteed Public License
e. General Public License


See the rest of our quiz topicsAnswer Key: 1b; 2d; 3b; 4d; 5a; 6e; 7d; 8e; 9c; 10e

This was last updated in April 2006

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