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Does Santa Hate Linux? 271

Posted by timothy
from the elf-beating-question dept.
beernutmark writes "Well, it looks like Santa or at least Norad/Google hates Linux. This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa. You must connect to their website with a Windows/Mac browser and use the browser plugin. No full-screen Google Earth to look at the beautiful areas around Santa's path. (Anyone have any open source source kml files for tracking Santa or any idea how we can go about making one for 2010?)"
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Does Santa Hate Linux?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:03PM (#30548540)

    Linux users have figured out that Santa doesn't exist.

    Hey, I just felt something woosh over my head! Was it Santa!? Maybe he does exist!

    • Re:Well, actually (Score:5, Informative)

      by Savage-Rabbit (308260) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @11:08PM (#30548768)

      Hey, I just felt something woosh over my head! Was it Santa!? Maybe he does exist!

      No, that was a chair.

    • by Fred_A (10934)

      Linux users have figured out that Santa doesn't exist.

      Hey, I just felt something woosh over my head! Was it Santa!? Maybe he does exist!

      I'm pretty sure he's still stuck in an interrogation room at a US border somewhere...

      TSA : So tell me again what you're doing with all those kid's name and addresses while we finish checking all those laptops
      Santa : Look, I just explained it all for the fifth time to that other government guy just a couple hours ago !

  • kml files? (Score:5, Funny)

    by brass1 (30288) <[ten.tahw] [ta] [MF1qrLpQKwrlS]> on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:05PM (#30548544) Homepage

    This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa.

    NORAD's been putting out .kml files since 1958?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:08PM (#30548566)

    Under Ubuntu, use Firefox, install User Switcher Agent, select "Internet Explorer 7". It appears to work fine. Granted, it is annoying, but it is easy to work around.

  • Elves (Score:5, Funny)

    by Nerdfest (867930) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:18PM (#30548606)
    The elves are annoyed with the Gnomes.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by justinjstark (1645867)
      Because the Gnomes drink too much. Also, trolls aren't potty trained but slashdot seems to be okay with them.
  • by natehoy (1608657) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:25PM (#30548618) Journal

    1. Open web browser of your choice.
    2. Go to noradsanta.com
    3. (if you have NoScript, turn it off or at least unblock everything but googleanalytics).
    4. On the right hand side, there's a diagonal arrow. Click it.
    5. Hit whatever button makes your browser go fullscreen.

    There. Full-screen Santa-y goodness.

    Admittedly not QUITE as good as Google Earth, but you can at least get a full-screen Google Maps experience which is pretty darned close.

    Tested in Linux (Mint 8, Firefox 3.5) and Windows XP, Firefox 3.5.

    PS: Direct link to the fullscreen map: http://www.noradsanta.org/map.html#fullscreen [noradsanta.org]

  • by Kartoffel (30238) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:40PM (#30548676)

    2009 is not the year of Santa on the desktop. At least, not for Linux users :(

  • Does Santa Hate Linux?
    beernutmark writes "Well, it looks like Santa or at least Norad/Google hates Linux. This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa. You must connect to their website with a Windows/Mac browser and use the browser plugin. No full-screen Google Earth to look at the beautiful areas around Santa's path. (Anyone have any open source source kml files for tracking Santa or any idea how we can go about making one for 2010?)"

    Gee, I wonder which line of this summary got this story posted. I wonder if those complaining about Apple rumor stories will catch this.

  • Think about it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mtrachtenberg (67780) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @10:55PM (#30548730) Homepage

    Of course Santa hates Linux. I mean, think about it, he's Mr. Materialism. Santa is all about shopping malls. It's that smart rabbi, that Jesus guy, who talked about sharing with others as a path to happiness, not Santa. Santa's heart belongs to Microsoft.

  • You're a mean one, Mister Grinch...

    • by smitty97 (995791)

      is that a kml file? No. Does it open in my fullscreen, native google earth program? No.

  • Oy, gevalt. Vot a tregedy. Vot an awful ting to vorry about. My knishes are in a knot and my borscht is bleeding.
  • by kbahey (102895) on Thursday December 24, 2009 @11:28PM (#30548862) Homepage
    No he doesn't hate Linux. In fact, he uses Linux himself!

    $ wget -S -O /dev/null http://santa.org/
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 03:25:26 GMT
    Server: Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat)
    X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.11
    Set-Cookie: h=6bcc6f5aa7ec4549c0e5a837dd8cedb0; path=/
    ...
    Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0
    Expires: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 7:32:00 GMT
    Vary: Accept-Encoding,User-Agent
    P3P: CP="CAO PSA OUR"
    Pragma: no-cache
    Connection: close
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

  • who cares? santa claus is a communist plot designed to make people think that giving is good, and it will lead to the destruction of the united states!!1!!

  • C'mon guys. Tux is a penguin. Him and Santa are quite literally polar opposites!

  • They figure non-Linux users will be too stupid to figure out that the tracking is identical to last year's. If you really want to know what happened to Santa, well, the Russians know something. [dailymail.co.uk]
  • Who cares about KML files and viewing in Google Earth?

    I tracked Santa with my son last night WITH LINUX with NO problem. Non story.

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