Hi nixers !

Here is an idea I had : weekly contests !

What about giving people challenges about UNIX, and give them a whole week to solve it, however they want. One they found their solution, they post it in a [spoiler] tag, and at the end of the week, the community vote for the best solution (You can't vote for your own solution obviously)

I don't know if we can turn a normal thread into a poll after it was posted, but the implementation doesn't matter ATM, just tell us if you'd be interresting in such a thing !

For example, here are some contest ideas (if you have more, share it !)
  • Write a script to tidy a directory (put files named "20140819-marakech-0001.JPG" into "pictures/2014/08/marakech/0001.JPG", etc...)
  • Find a way to download youtube videos by providing the search terms only
  • Explain what a kernel is to a 5 yo child
  • Get the fastest boot time, from pressing "power" to your first terminal window (needs video)
  • Get the lowest RAM usage (scrot/picture as a proof)
  • Get your computer to tell you events ("You have a new mail", "critical CPU usage", "Battery under 5%", ...) instead of using a status bar
  • ...

Who's in ?
Very interesting.
They have a lot of those on unix.com. It kinda look like your "programming challenge" but related to unix only.
I just wanna say: "FUCK YEAH"!

It's a great idea. I'm in!

Even though I have very little time.
That sounds like an awesome idea! count me in!
I'm in!
Sounds cool. Count me in.
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Im in. :)
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I guess we're enough to start a contest next week then :)

Do you have some idea ? Or you can choose from the ideas I had. We're not too much yet, so I guess we can all settle on the theme of the first contest.

I personnally find the RAM one funny as a start. We could name it "The milkiest way"
I agree. I think I have a good shot at winning, too, because I have the bare minimum RAM it's posible to run a usable OS on - 32 MB. Although I did get FreeDOS to run on 8 MB, but that's not*nix...

I support the lowest RAM contest. Maybe we should put some minimum requirements on it, though, like you need to have a web browser open, text editor or similar. If you don't, you'll just get people who kill every process other than init and their shell and win easily.
my website: kaashif.co.uk

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