September 20, 2010

Who would win in a struggle between all the Mac OS X cats and all the Linux animals?

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  1. Here is my best guess. Awesome picture.

    Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar

  2. Awesome picture!
    Russell, I think you have it nearly right, but you missed the hedgehog!
    So: Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar.

  3. You are right. I thought the Duck was just throwing a pine cone or something else rather than a hedgehog. Oops.

  4. agree with russel!
    Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar

  5. to be accurate, I think I have to revise again, I think jaguar and leopard have to trade places. it's ambiguous from the markings, but leos are normally smaller, but maybe that's too much reading science into a fun little game i have to admit… ;-) it's really hard to tell the difference…
    So: Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog (bottom), Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Leopard.
    could we have this in wallpaper sizes? :-)

  6. I learned a few new animal names!

    Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Chameleon/Gecko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar

  7. taltos, I thought the same thing about the leopard and jaguar, but I selected them because of their ears. It looked like the leopard had round ears and the jaguar had pointy ears, but I like your thinking.

  8. Cannot seem to find anything new apart from what has already been mentioned. So, I completely agree with Russel and taltos

    Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog (bottom), Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Leopard.

  9. but then, the suspected jaguar has rounded ones, and the last animal has pointed ones like the easily identified snow leo, so it would seem to be a leo too, no?

  10. I tend to agree with taltos… seeing the tails would allow to really tell the difference! I think the markings on the Jaguar are a little bigger, so that would fit the 3. cat being a Jaguar better too.

    Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Chameleon/Gecko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Leopard

  11. taltos/Christian, I am going to have to agree with your analysis, especially after comparing the Leopard to the Snow Leopard.

  12. Russell, I don't find a page stating that ear shapes are real difference between the two. Maybe it's just for illustration purposes.

  13. [Linux]: (Top) Heron; (Left to Right) Ibex, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Lynx, Fawn (Deer), Jackalope, Eft (Newt); (Bottom) Hedgehog, Drake (Duck)

    [Mac]: (Left to Right) Cheetah, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Jaguar; (Bottom) Puma, Panther

  14. I think the ear thing was something I messed up on when I saw a few random pictures of leopards/jaguars and not a real trait of each.

    I'm surprised nobody has answered the initial question and turned this into an OS war. I really want Linux to win, but those cats look deadly and a few of the Linux animals really aren't pulling/grounded to pull. Although that is an unnaturally large badger helping out…

  15. Hardy Heron, Intrepid Ibex, Suse Chameleon, Gutsy Gibbon, Breezy Badger, Karmic Koala, Wart Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, Dapper Drake, Lucid Lynx, Feist Fawn, Jaunty Jackalope, Edgy Eft, Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Leopard

  16. Ubuntu and Mac OS X version numbers anyone?

    Ubuntu Linux: Intrepid Ibex – 8.10, Hardy Heron – 8.04, Gutsy Gibbon – 7.10, Breezy Badger – 5.10, Karmic Koala – 9.10, Warty Warthog – 4.10, Hoary Hedgehog – 5.04, Dapper Drake – 6.06, Lucid Lynx – 10.04, Feisty Fawn – 7.04, Jaunty Jackalope – 9.04, Edgy Eft – 6.10
    SUSE LINUX: The Chameleon – ,
    Mac OS: (10.1) Cheetah, (10.1) Puma, (10.2) Jaguar, (10.6) Snow Leopard, (10.4) Tiger, (10.3) Panther, (10.5) Leopard

  17. I think it's a pretty fair match, honestly. Aside from Lions, cats are notoriously bad at working as a team. One of them can't even stay awake. Typical.

  18. For those stating Chameleon or Gecko for the openSUSE mascot – you are partially correct. It is in fact called a Geeko :-)

    Ibex, Heron Gibbon, Geeko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Jackelope, Eft Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Panther, Tiger

  19. Ugh, type-o. Cheetah is of course v 10.0.

    …and thanks guys. Certainly did not expect a qualified discourse on cat species tonight. Hat off!

  20. Ok, I was supposed to change my answer (swap Jaguar and Leopard), but according to this http://www.bluelion.org/jaguar.htm, "The jaguar has an overall more muscular build. The body is compact, and the legs are more stocky than the more gracile leopard" so I'm sticking with my original one.

  21. The Ubuntu guys – Heron on top;then Ibex, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Lynx, Fawn (Deer), Jackalope, Eft (Newt); Hedgehog at the bottom, Drake (Duck).

    The Mc guys – Cheetah, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Jaguar, Puma, Panther.

  22. Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar.

  23. Dammit! You posted this during my lunch break. Otherwise I'd have been the first to comment. haha

    For what it's worth, I don't follow MacOSX at all, but I've used everysingle one of the Linux animals since I became a full-time Linux user with Warty.

    Just in case anyone made any mistakes above:

    [Linux]
    The Hardy Heron is standing on top of the Intrepid Ibex.
    Gutsy Gibbon and a poorly-scaled Suse Chameleon.
    Breezy Badger, Karmic Koala.
    Warty Warthog, Dapper Drake.
    Lucid Lynx, Feisty (although she looks pretty timid) Fawn.
    Finally, the Jaunty Jackalope and the Intrepid Ibex.
    ALL are from Ubuntu except for the Suse Chameleon. No sign of the Maverick Meerkat. Perhaps he's still in his burrow until October.

    [MacOSx]
    Half these guys look the same, but I'm going to go with:
    Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Leopard.

    The dots looked the same to me, so I based it on the size of the leopard being the same as the Snow Leopard. And also the ocelli on the back's of its ears.

  24. I also agree with taltos, the creatures are:
    Ubuntu / SUSE: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar.

  25. FYI due to all the positive feedback we have had we will soon post a desktop background package of the image for single and dual setup high res monitors that you will be able to download.

    Thanks to everyone enjoying the image and our little contest! You guys and Girls all rock!

  26. From Left to right.

    Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
    Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)
    Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
    OpenSUSE – Veiled Chameleon named Geeko
    Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)
    Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
    Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)
    Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
    Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
    Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
    Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
    Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

    Version 10.0: "Cheetah"
    Version 10.1: "Puma"
    Version 10.5: "Leopard"
    Version 10.6: "Snow Leopard"
    Version 10.4: "Tiger"
    Version 10.3: "Panther"
    Version 10.2: "Jaguar"

  27. From Left to right.

    Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
    Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)
    Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
    OpenSUSE – Veiled Chameleon named Geeko
    Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)
    Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
    Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)
    Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
    Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake)
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
    Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
    Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
    Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

    Version 10.0: "Cheetah"
    Version 10.1: "Puma"
    Version 10.5: "Leopard"
    Version 10.6: "Snow Leopard"
    Version 10.4: "Tiger"
    Version 10.3: "Panther"
    Version 10.2: "Jaguar"

  28. I think the black cat on the Mac side is cheating… using a (somewhat) fixed structure almost as a pulley system

  29. Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Geeko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope.

    Mac: Cheetah,Puma,Leopard,Snow Leopard,Tiger,Panther,Jaguar.

  30. Corrected: Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Geeko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt.

    Mac: Cheetah,Puma,Leopard,Snow Leopard,Tiger,Panther,Jaguar.

  31. Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt

    Mac: Cheetah, Puma, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar

  32. From left to right: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt,Cheetah, Puma, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar.

  33. From left to right: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Drake, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt,Cheetah, Puma, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar.

  34. I'm the artist for this cartoon and wow! so much great feedback! If I'd known how much research everyone would do I might have tried to be more scientifically accurate. I based the creatures off of a stack of Zoobooks I had in the basement and a vague memory that badgers were the biggest characters in the Redwall books. Thanks for playing and good luck!

  35. @Marko… you could have at least changed the wording when you copy/paste. Regardless, if you win so do I because I was before you lol.

  36. Where the heck is Tux the Penguin? It says all the Linux animals so i would assume he would be in there somewhere….I guess thats what i get for assuming lol :P

  37. Hey Annie, nice one! I'm not sure what brief was given to you to work on, but it's one awesome art! The Snow Leopard had me LOL!

    And oh, while the Mac cats have the muscle power, the Linux motley crew has the determination and tactics :)

  38. I'm afraid the OSX cats have this one in the bag. They have some serious muscle power. In fact I'm sure that tiger is on roids. Can we get a urine test?

    The ibex is putting in most of the effort on the Linux team. The fat badger maybe too but that koala is probably just making things worse. I see the heron has taken it upon himself to 'supervise' and is probably just pissing everyone off. Geeko probably has some pulling power but he looks a bit.. simple.

  39. GNU/Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Geeko, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Drake, Hedgehog, Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft

    Mac: Cheetah, Puma, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar

    GO Open Source, go Free Software!

  40. This must be hottest post 51 replies in just one day! Now it will be 52 let us see when this Spider Oak record gets broken.

  41. Linux: Ibex, Heron, Gibbon, Gecko/Chameleon, Badger, Koala, Warthog, Hedgehog, Duck/Drake (Bottom), Lynx, Fawn, Jackalope, Eft/Newt
    Mac: Cheetah, Puma (Sleeping), Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Black Panther (Bottom), Jaguar.

  42. So how is this 50GB going to work? idk how anyone can identify themselves as the one with the correct answer. I guess in case you need my user id for spideroak it's ail1020

  43. @ALL

    We are working on the 'contest rules' a little. Considering we did miss a few animals, we did not specify whether or not we needed answers in 'order' and we have had over 15.000 visitors to the post we are looking to reward each and every one that commented, tweeted and loved our picture and post so far and will present a 'solution' to this problem tomorrow (Thursday) that we hope will make everyone happy.

    Stay tuned!

  44. @All + Bryan
    Our idea from the beginning was to ask people to email in and lookup post-ip to the blog (as we dislike the 'enter your email' or 'post you username' idea for security reasons.

    Now it seems almost more likely that we will offer a special price to the people who got it 'most correct' and also reward all the wonderful people who visited and showed their love for our 'art' by extending a much bigger 'price pool' and making 'everyone a winner'.

    I am literally still working on a 'solution' to this pleasant problem and I hope that our announcement tomorrow (at some time, and in a new blog post) will provide this.

    My very best,
    Daniel Larsson, Marketing Manager, SpiderOak Inc

  45. @Daniel: Thanks for the desktop background files. I was really amused with the fact that 2 versions were created, depending on which group the user *wants* to win!

    And if there's anything I'm really looking forward with announcement tomorrow, that is to finally settle which one is the Leopard and which one is the Jaguar, haha!

  46. @Daniel

    Working on a way to give a prize? I thought SpiderOak was the prize. It should be enough.

    My prediction: Microsoft wins and no one, including Microsoft, is happy about it.

  47. Except the dinosaur would just be fossils for everyone to step on. They once ruled the earth, now we have to look under our feet to remember them. Loved the picture! Great idea.