Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?


tini1212 writes "LIKE OMG!! Have you guyz seen Barbie Linux!!??!?!?!? It's like totally cool! It's open source too!!! We can spend long nights patching the kernel, and look at pictures of that total hottie, Linus Torvalds!" From the site: "Making a bid for a piece of the emerging desktop Linux market, Mattel, Inc. announced the immediate availability of downloadable beta ISOs for BarbieOS 0.99, and said it hoped the final 1.0 retail version would be on store shelves in time for Christmas. The new OS was created by Mattel to power the upcoming revision of its popular B-Book line of laptops for girls between the ages of four and eleven. The original B-Book laptop, which ran a modified version of PalmOS, was a huge hit with consumers last holiday season, so much so that many stores had trouble keeping them in stock."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.


Comments Filter:
  • thankfully the day is almost over and we can get over the 20th lame april 1st story on slashdot
  • How come with all this cuteness you guys still aren't celebrating the cutest thing of all, Hello Kitty?

    Is the pink going to go away when April Fools Day wears off in all time zones? Because I'm really enjoying this pink. It's so much better than that silly green was!

    I hate barbie.
  • KenLinux (Score:3, Funny)

    by ioudas ( 865464 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @07:44PM (#15043588) Homepage
    Anyone in the know uses Ken Linux. You can start malibuhouse daemon and sportscar daemon.
    • Re:KenLinux (Score:5, Funny)

      by jdray ( 645332 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @10:45PM (#15043977) Homepage Journal
      In related news, the virtualization system known as "Ken" offers a secure way to run BarbieOS. From TFA, "A hardened Ken kernel can support multiple instances of Barbie software running on top of it. When enough cache is available, swapping is very efficient, and several Barbies can happily cohabitate, though package management can be tricky. A warning, though: reduced cache availability significanly hampers Ken's ability to maintain Barbie instances."
  • Argh! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Draegonis ( 953885 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @07:46PM (#15043596) Homepage
    This is scarily almost believable. :(
    • Not to get all serious on this story, but there's no reason that one of the embedded linux distros wouldn't work really well for one of these toys. My wife and I are currently fostering a 5yo girl and would love to have an option of a Barbie-branded toy that's somewhere in between the current barbie toy and a real lowend laptop.

    & btw 1st p0st111!! L000L

    Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! S t3h SUXXX0RRR
  • hahahaha I can see a little girl installing Linux on her hardcore pimped up new PC (which she just built). :P
    • the funny thing though is that the barbie B-book is real, although it normally seems to carry a pricetag around $75.. and is generally modled as a 'children's learning toy' the april fools here is that somehow matell has decided that using a via c3 processor setup and debian linux will somehow produce a usable b-book environment (and price point) by the christmas holiday season.

      Considering that they'd been using Oregon Scientific devices previously (which are all Z-80 based BTW) It's pretty far fetched to e
  • Hey... (Score:5, Funny)

    by KodeK ( 887864 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @07:48PM (#15043606) least it's not a dupe :-)
  • It's like Totally awesome. I like saw this girl and she's off the hook! She's got a new P-P-P-Powerbook [] and it like runs Linux and it only cost shipping it was like totally free!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Enough of the dumb shit. None of this is funny, cute nor readable.

    Hang it up and let's get back to something that isn't moronic.
  • Please! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    make.. it.. stop.

    Is mental retardation the latest craze or am I missing something else here?

    Everywhere else you get a nice chuckle about a witty april fools joke. But not so on Slashdot, where pain and the urge to make this day end overshadow even the least funny story.

    Hint: it's not funny, dumbasses.
  • Looking at the net today, it can be changed to: IT-folks and webmasters not trying to fool you, but trying to be funny.
    Up next: Jerry Seinfeld making webpages.
    I have to admit though, this one was quite good.
    • the buig problem with the "p0wnies" crowd lusting after Mr torvaulds is if any serious "issues" came up then Mrs Torvaulds would rip the person in question in half. "ladies" he has 2? kids and a wife that was at one time a martial arts champion. so look but don't touch
  • Best story of the day, IMHO. The question is, can you strip here.. of the source code, of course!
  • Get on with your lives. It wasn't that to begin with. let me know when the OMG BS is over...
  • OMG! But does it have ponies? Maybe even a barbie dream house! OMG! Barbie Dream House with Ponies!!!!!1111!!!
  • by Toxicgonzo ( 904975 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @08:02PM (#15043648)
    After seeing all these strange articles, I have come to the conclusion that these are not April Fools jokes. A real slashdot april fools joke would have been witty and subtle. It is obvious that someone is using CmdrTaco/Zonk to spread their OMG Pony/ Barbie propaganda. Probably communists.

    If you are reading this CmdrTaco/Zonk, message for help by making the first letter of each word of the title of the next article spell out "SOS". Be discreet about it so that your caputures remain unaware. We will send the A-Team immediately.
    • After seeing all these strange articles, I have come to the conclusion that these are not April Fools jokes. A real slashdot april fools joke would have been witty and subtle. It is obvious that someone is using CmdrTaco/Zonk to spread their OMG Pony/ Barbie propaganda. Probably communists.

      Yes, only instead of the Red Spread we get the Pink Stink.

  • So Old! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by dmbtech ( 790450 )
    That april fools page was made a long time ago, must be in 2004 or 2004. It still uses terms such as lindows. Also, that was a lot of effort, pictures and text for one april fools jokes. Usually there just short and to the point.
  • After a day of pink, the green looks jarring.
  • what the hell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by PeelBoy ( 34769 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @08:10PM (#15043670) Homepage
    The whole point of april fools day is to try to TRICK know... with GOOD jokes and tricks..

    What the hell is the point of this shit on slashdot? It's not good, nobody believes it, it's not funny, and it's painful to read. It's fucking pointless. Nobody likes it.

    Seriously use your freaking brains. They are there for a reason. Think of something good. Try to trick us. When 90% of the posts are bull shit we know not to believe any of it. Tone it down some. Make 1 or 2 posts that are jokes and make them seem real. That's the way to do it. That's how you guys did it back in the old days. What's up with this over the top CRAP?!

    It's not even fucking funny, it doesn't trick anybody, nobody believes it. In other words it's completely pointless and it completely defeats the purpose of April Fools Day.

    And yes I know I typoed a lot of shit, and I don't care.

    Oh and you mods can shove it. I see you going around modding everybody redundant and troll.. Well eventually you're going to run out of mod points and then what?!?! exactly. Not a damn thing.

    I bet you're an employee whose mad that we don't like you're STUPID jokes. So much for you running out of mod points you probably have a fucking zillion of them or you got some kind of exempt flag set in the database huh?
    • you're=your (the only typo i care to fix because it drives me up a tree when I re-read it)
    • Are you saying there really is no Barbie Linux ? :-( :-(
      I WANT MY BARBIE LINUX !!! .. or a Pony []
    • Re:what the hell (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Do you know what "background noise" is?
      Look: ./ published lotsa BS stories to create noise in its page, and some tricky news stirred in it, just to confuse the reader even more.
      They've just added a layer to the April Fools tricks.

      Can anybody expect anything different?
    • Well, the Barbie Linux thing may be a hoax, but the Barbie B-Book is real. Although it looks pretty lame. I mean, I dunno how much it costs (it's not for sale in North America) but aren't Zire's like $50?
    • Try it, you'll like it [].

    • Re:what the hell (Score:3, Insightful)

      Imagine how many good April Fools stories were rejected for this shite.
    • Re:what the hell (Score:2, Informative)

      by araphwael ( 81229 )
      My wife absolutely believed the My Little Pony d20 story when I read her the article. She was very disappointed when she learned the truth.
    • Re:what the hell (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Tablizer ( 95088 )
      The whole point of april fools day is to try to TRICK know... with GOOD jokes and tricks..

      Something that sounds ridiculus yet plausible make the best stories. For example, I woke up hoping to see, "Pair Programming Spreads Bird Flu".
    • Re:what the hell (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mblase ( 200735 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @11:34PM (#15044100)
      The whole point of april fools day is to try to TRICK know... with GOOD jokes and tricks..What the hell is the point of this shit on slashdot?

      Well, you see, since everyone who reads /. is prepared on Apr. 1 for a bunch of outlandish stories, nobody falls for them anymore. So we may as well be ridiculous instead.
    • Re:what the hell (Score:2, Interesting)

      by bidule ( 173941 )

      Reverse logic. Actually one of the story today was true, but I'm not telling which one.

  • " Barbie Wizards guide girls through the process of partitioning their disks, formatting volumes, mounting Samba shares, and installing packages."
  • Google News (Score:3, Funny)

    by imemyself ( 757318 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @08:22PM (#15043696)
    I have a Google customized news page with one section on news related to Linux. Believe it or not, this /. article actually made it there. Nice to know Google is good at filtering out BS.
  • OMGODZORS! WHAT'S UP WITH caps lock got stuk THE CUTE PONIIIIIZ whats yelling howd everyon else get aorund the caps thingy? AAAAAAAAAHOAHAOI LOOOLZORZ LOOK WUT AHAYAVE DONE TOOTEEEE MEEEEE/????!!!_!_! OOAAOA
  • I totally agree, I just used my account for the first time in a year to try turn off the pink shit, I was bemused, couldn't find it (In Prefs?) I had to leave until it went back to normal. Arrrgh! Not the quality I expect!
  • omg I almost broke my pocket protector in rage when I found out I was reading another joke item! When I come to slashdot I am all about serious news and I have no time for these petty jocularities. Please desist from abusing my vauned intellect, whose cycles should be better used pondering more weighty matters, such as how many joystick ports will come on the PS3!! /poneys etc.
  • April fools? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by isny ( 681711 )
    You know, this isn't really a bad idea. If this OS existed, I would be considering it for my daughter. This is exactly what KDE Plasma developers should be thinking for usability.
    • Re:April fools? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by GeeBee ( 104073 )
      I was thinking the same thing. As a tech aware woman, I'd like to see things like that that engage young girls in technology. Some would say that the is dumbing it down for girls, but if it helps them feel comfortable with and enjoy computers, as well as make them feel that they belong in technological pursuits, I'm all for it.
    • I agree completely and was sad to learn this was an April Fools... thing. What has happened to you Linux geeks? All the time and effort spent on countless Linux distros... Open Source Barbie would be far from the least original or worst thing to happen to Linux. Perhaps the infamous GPL would make it all the way back to the base product eventually even freeing Barbie from her seemingly eternal state of commercial prostitution.

      No one even thought to crack an Open Sores Barbie joke?
      (I couldn't resist.. sorry.
  • This set of 'pranks' is the most uninspired yet. Nice going, buttmunches.
  • Does Ken know about this? (woo hoo!)
  • and waybitchen fucsia keyboards! That would so rock my world! I wonder if it's USB compatible?!??!!!111 :')
  • by cel4145 ( 468272 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @10:29PM (#15043943) Homepage
    This is a few years old []???? Can's Slashdot get new, original content?
  • Doggone it!!! I work weekends, and during my morning preshift (10 mins to boot up & bring up the apps), I try to do some cursory surfing, which includes Slashdot, and IT'S FREAKIN' PINK!!!! I had to go straight to Digg for fear that my co-workers would see my screen and think I was surfin' some Holly-Hobbie-Strawberry-Shortcake site or something!!!!
  • Well... (Score:2, Funny)

    by PixelScuba ( 686633 )
    At least Linux will finally have a user interface that is intuitive to the average computer user.
    • At least Linux will finally have a user interface that is intuitive to the average computer user.
      And it would still look better than XP or KDE/Gnome, said the unabashed OS X Aqua snob.

  • You tricky commenters!

    I like how all of the commenters were pretending to be annoyed. That was really funny. For a while there I thought they really were annoyed. Ha ha you all, the joke is on me! Good one!
  • So did Barbie dump Ken for Tux? Ken is such a luser.. Oh wait... Tux has a girlfriend.
  • This can be also found here [] Note the date and there is a link to the same site that slashdot has. Come up with some new stuff not rehashed blab. Although still funny.
  • this is from a few years ago... []
  • The barbieOS... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by JollyFinn ( 267972 ) on Sunday April 02, 2006 @04:42AM (#15044745)
    Well if it weren't reasonable to assume this could be aprils fools. This would be something I'd expect to happen at some time.
    Most girls seems to like linux small games. And don't like the kind of big large budget windows games. Atleast those who tried what I had on my computer. Other things that they seem to do with computers, is IRC, IM &WEB surfing, and writing school essays, and wathing movies, and listening to music.
    The movie playing part maybe only weakness of linux [getting past some DRM to play the thing], but if its stable in sence that they don't have to do anything and it just works then there is no reason that there couldn't be such distribution aimed at girls.

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351