Winners of our caption contest announced

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The dog days of summer are upon us at, so we thought we'd throw a fun caption contest! We're pleased to announce the winners.


Winners of the 2013 caption contest

Grand prize ($500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media):

...and this pic, dear children, was taken outside the cathedral near the bazaar. (submitted by Varun)

Second and Third prizes (free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference):

Who wants to write the next line of code? (submitted by Sara Blackthorne)

Paint the world with open source. (submitted by I3o)

Fourth prize (Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost):

Please Miss, if we use open source, will we get our colors back? (submitted by Cowboy Bob)

Fifth prize (one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine):

See, it's amazing when you open it... (submitted by bravestone)

Watch the live round one judging of our contest below. The final winners will selected by users who voted on our site. Be sure to catch the last few minutes if you're in need of a good laugh.

***Update: Voting is now closed. Learn more about the winners and contest results.***



** UPDATE: We are no longer accepting entries.  **

Enter our contest for a chance to win $500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media, free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference, an Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost, or a one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine.

To enter

  • Look at the photo above.
  • Make sure you're a registered user on (register here if you're not), and make sure you are logged in.
  • Post your own caption for the photo (be creative!) in the comments section below. Submit up to 10 captions.
  • Hint: Open source-related captions will be judged favorably!

Want to learn more about the prizes, judging criteria, celebrity judges, and important contest dates? Keep reading below.

Don’t care about the details? Skip everything below this line and post your caption in the comments at the bottom of the post. Just make sure you're logged in as a registered user.

Here are the official rules. Good Luck!


We’ve got some cool prizes lined up from our generous sponsors for the top five caption contest winners, as determined by our judges and voters. Learn more about the prizes here.

Grand prize: $500 worth of eBooks from O’Reilly Media

Second and Third prizes: Free registration to LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference

Fourth prize: An Adafruit kit to make a solar MintyBoost, a solar power charger for your gadgets

Fifth prize: A one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine.

How to enter (and judging criteria)

Entering is easy. Just make sure you're a registered user of (register here if you're not) and that you're logged in when you post your caption(s) for this photo in the comments section below. Submit up to 10 captions (all in one post or separately).

There’s no official criteria for what the captions should say or include, but given our love of all things open source, our judges will no doubt be drawn to captions that make reference to the open source way in some capacity. Otherwise, be sure your caption doesn’t violate our community behavior rules.

Deadline: August 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Picking the winners: 

There will be two rounds of judging.

Round One

Once submissions are closed our judges will reveiw the captions and select their 10 personal favorite captions. Then on August 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT you can watch our judges live on via Google On Air Hangout narrow down their lists to the 10 best overall captions. 

Round Two

We want the community to have a hand in helping to pick the winners too. So, we’ll give you the chance to vote on the 10 best captions selected by our judges after the live Google Hangout. The captions with the most votes on August 8 at 11:59 p.m. will win.

Judges: We’re honored to have two open source celebrities help judge the contest!

  • Chris Fisher and Matt Hartley, hosts of the Linux Action Show!
  • Amye Scavarda, project manager at Acquia.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Round One Judging: live Google On Air Hangout on August 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Sign up for an email reminder.
  • Round Two Judging: vote for the winners between August 5 at 5 p.m. EDT to August 8 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners announced: August 9 at 10 a.m. EDT

Official Rules: Of course we have official rules. Read them.

Ready, Set, Go!


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Opensource opens your world to a more colorful future.

Color the whole world. One open source at a time.

Yes, you can design your own Tux Racer course, too, and let other people play your course design.

"...and that is how you ask a question online. Notice how I read the sticky and used the search feature before posting?"

Open source, open minds, open-ended potential.

We used to have to do this the Microsoft way!

1. Someday, children, all this will be open source!
2. See, children, you can do <em>anything</em> using open source.
3. Could you tell us please, Miss, why aren't you using open source software on your machine?
4. If you please, Miss, are you using open source on that machine?
5. Well, I <em>thought</em> it was Windows, but it is really is open source!
6. Well, it is so cool that I thought it was OSX, but it turns out <em>it's open source</em>!
7. Please Miss, if we use open source, will we get our colors back?
8. If you please Miss, which open source operating system to <em>you</em> prefer, Red Hat, Ubuntu, or Debian?
9. See children, I'm just logging on to Git-Hub to get the latest open-sourced compiler for my Arduino.
10. That's very cool, Miss, but which open-source package manager are you using to update your core?

1."Don't be alarmed, children, that's just the Haskell compiling."
2. "And THIS, kids, is why you never code python on LSD!"
3. "Look, kids! I found Richard Stallman's laptop!"
4. > sudo apt-get install shrooms
5. "See, children! See what the almighty Gimp hath shooped upon us!"
Kids, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the princess of free software.

With B.S.D. born and raised
In the command line where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, hackin', crackin' all cool
And all writing' some FORTRAN outside of the school
When a couple of businessmen, they were up to no good
Started closin' sources in my neighborhood
but all those sources were supposed to be shared!
So I said "I'm gonna be an activist for free software!"

I started forums on the net and when the nerds came near
'Said my ideas were "fresh" and so we set up a mirror
If anything I seeded thousands of files zipped .rar
And we shared, and we seeded -- it's free software!

I got me some servers -- about seven or eight
And I yelled to Microsoft "Yo, homes smell you later!"
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the princess of free software.

7. "And this, children, is why you need to use the TOR network.
9. > sudo apt-get install ALL TEH COLORS!
10. The one-laptop-per-child program: 1800's edition.

<cite>"This is called <strong>forking</strong>, and should not be confused with the word that put Timmy in detention."</cite>

1) " So The Doctor says that all your Grandchildren will will have one and the world will become open source"
2) "Yes, open source will be available to everyone. That's what we're fighting for!"
3) "“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning for open-source."
4) "It's a brave, new world that such open-source programmers in it."

"Photographer Toni Frissell shows children how she edits photographs with the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)."

You can say "Hello World" in any language,
it's the open-source world that says, "Hello, you!"

I'll make the ui, who wants the database? Okay, Brian. Now, who will code the models? Great, Suzy! Billy... Billy?... okay, Billy ran away to do his own thing. Linus, can you handle the kernel? Oh, you watch your language young man!

William: '...and what's that?'
Toni: 'That, young William is what we call the "Blue Screen of Death".'
William: 'Its beautiful!'

1. "And that's how you created the internet."
2. "So just by tunneling into our Raspberry Pi, we can use our laptops to control everything in the neighborhood!"
3. "Who wants to write the next line of code?"
4. "I told you girls could be awesome programmers too!"
5. The future is open source.
6. Your future will be developed by your children.
7. Not all champions play sports.
8. Teachers are my heroes.
9. The limits to possibility only exist within our minds.
10. Every child deserves a chance to step out of black and white.

1. To open your world, open your mind.
2. Open hearts and minds can open your world.
3. Kids start open, keep them that way.
4. Even a laptop has to be Open to work. So should everything else.

1. "Out of the black and white comes a world of Openness, a world of Sharing. Will you help expand this world?"
2. "How are you getting internet all the way out here?"
3. "Sharing doesn't end with open-source software. Share your knowledge, share your experiences."
4. "This looks like the 21st century Magic School Bus. Are we going on an adventure?"
5. "Look everyone, a new angry cat photo!"
6. "Each sticker adds 100mhz to my laptop's CPU. No joke."
7. "No matter your beginnings, share and collaborate. Stand out of the crowd."
8. "Share your knowledge with your peers and their minds will start to brighten the dim world."

And the best thing is, it is not Microsoft!

1. Sharing is simple. Use Open Source.
2. The answer is Open Source.
3. "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." Epictetus
4. Take care of their freedom.

See children.

This is the code that makes the game, in this case is python.

If you want you can change it and then share it with the world, we do it?

That could do first? Change the color of the frog or maybe add new prizes. More ideas?

Keep calm and share online

'Sharing the Open Source Way brings Color to your Life'

"If we just push Sarah's repository up like this, each of us will be able to work on the same code when we get back to the cabin."

"Look, everyone, see how Sarah's patch for bug 3823 was just merged into master? We can mark this bug as 'Fix-Committed' now."

"Its Open Source Kids...everything in the world comes right to you!"

"Gather around my friends...Open Source Just Open the world to everyone!"

"Introducing...Open Source...the finest portal to world you'll ever know!"

"We don't need a time machine...Open Source lets us transport anywhere, anytime!"

"Wow Open Source Just gave you all this cool stuff?" "Nope they give it to everyone!"

"Is that really a time machine? Nah its's Open Source."

"Now go tell everyone you saw the world through Open Source."

"We don't have to be lonely anymore...we've got Open Source."

"Friends don't let friends use anything but Open Source."

"Use Open Source and they will come."

"Everything is FOSSible, just a matter of imagination."

"...and this website is called Reddit...."

"...and this website is called Reddit...."

Make children happy!

Make children happy! Teach the open source way.

"They will open the future. Show them how now"

And this, children, is Martin Mickos. Proof that you CAN be both OpenSource friendly and good looking.

Let me just check the status of my SourceForge download and then we'll get back to the cartoon.

Break the windows, and be free.

Look kids, with Open Source you don't just get Windows, you get the whole house!

Teaching children Open Source technologies and philosophies at a young age is vital to the ongoing persistence, evolution, and adoption of free and open software as we move into an unknown technological future.

"You forgot the license key!"
"Kids, the beauty of Open Source, there are no license agreements."

Wam bam git-r-done! Installing Open Source software is that easy!

Open Source
Open Minds

Open Source lets you see the world in a new light.

Before the 'i' and the 'Wii' there was just 'us'.

Gather round kids, and when you do, it's called collaboration!

"Alright, kids, the first thing you do when logging into a new account is to type: ln -s /dev/null ~/.bash_history"

There, there children. No need to push! I will share my open source presentation with you afterwards. I will share this with you and you can share it with your friends as well.


The box opened and another world came to life.

Coming this Summer - Pleasantville part II - DEATH TO CLOSED SOURCE SOFTWARE

1. Kids, be the change, be open source
2. The world doesn't have to be in black and white. Make it colorfull with open source!
3. Kids, open source starts with you
4. Kids, this is definition of open source, but to recognize its true power, you have to embrace it and experience it yourself
5. Open source is not the future, it's the present. All of you, however, are the future!

1. Stallman is on Skype? Can we all talk to him?
2. You mean I can change open source for myself?
3. That doesn't look at all like flying around pillars of information
4. Curiousity, this is how you diff people
5. I'm not sure its supposed to do that, pull up the man pages
6. I bet you can't say GNU ten times real fast
7. Stickers and internet? it might as well make pie

I was born free, I am open source.

Open Source will bring Colour to Our Children -- In Every Corner of the World

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