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Quiz: More fun with open source

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Quiz: More fun with open source


The penguin would not lead you wrong -- for a special breed of geek, IT's all about open source. How much do you know about the people, programs, and principles of this noble breed?

1. Tux, the penguin, is the Linux mascot. Other than free software and the open source principles, does Tux stand for anything?
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2. Quagga is an open source project named after a zebra with a striped front end and a plain brown back end. True or false?
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3. Copyright was invented to protect the rights of content creators; this concept, in contrast, was invented to protect the rights of users. What is it?
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4. Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie are considered the inventors of this operating system, which originated at Bell Labs in 1969 as an interactive time-sharing system. What is it?
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5. GNU (the open source variety rather than the open spaces variety) is what's known as a recursive acronym, an acronym in which one of the letters stands for the acronym itself. What does GNU stand for?
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6. This type of software is distributed with a single restriction: any redistributed version of the software must be distributed with the original terms of free use, modification, and distribution. What is it?
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7. LAMP is an open source Web development platform whose letters, themselves, each stand for an open source product. In order, those are: an operating system, a Web server, a relational database management system, and a programming language. Can you name them?
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8. The Firefox browser was developed from Mozilla, which is the open source version of what browser?
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9. This is an initiative to produce an open source, XML-based instant messaging platform. (Hint: Beware the ______wock, my son!) What is it?
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10. All free software is freeware and all freeware is free software. True or false?
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This was last updated in May 2008
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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