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Linux fans never do any work

By Pete Sherriff
Published Friday 14th May 1999 11:17 GMT

Employers beware. When hiring new techies, think twice before giving the job to an applicant wearing a Linux beanie hat. Exhaustive research by The Register's statistics division has revealed that any news story posted on the Web containg the L word is immediately pounced on by Torvaldians worldwide who obviously have little else to occupy their time. The UK news aggregation site, NewsNow.co.uk, posts a continually-updated list of the top ten most frequently-hit stories from numerous news sources. Invariably, all ten slots are occupied by Linux stories. This one will be on the list soon. We will appraise you of the number of hits obtained. ®


For shame. NewsNow is, of course, still going strong. Today's hot topics include "New ISP Review Survey" and "3Com joins WLAN switch manufacturers" under a "Visit the Upgrade Centre and Order your FREE Upgrade Kit for Microsoft® servers or desktops" sponsored link. It's hardly penguin paradise, so where have all the beanie hat wearers gone?

Well, exhaustive research by the El Reg statistics division has revealed that every man Jack of 'em has moved on to Slashdot which today reveals that "LinuxWorld reports that 'A Linux cluster deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and codenamed 'Thunder' yesterday delivered 19.94 teraflops of sustained performance, making it the most powerful computer in North America - and the second fastest on Earth.'"

Yup - plenty of Ls in there. Business as usual. ®

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