Re: Easter Egg?

On Sun, May 27, 2001 at 05:04:09PM +0800 or thereabouts, Steve Vertigan wrote:
> gnome-list-request gnome org(1) wrote:
> > On Tue, May 22, 2001 at 06:50:54PM -0500, Steve Fox wrote:
> > > Twice now since I've been using GNOME 1.4 I've had Wanda the Fish go
> > > floating across my desktop for no apparent reason. She goes across all
> > > workspaces, and no extra process shows up in 'ps' either. Therefore, I'm
> > > thinking that this is an easter egg in the panel or something.
> > 
> > Tsk tsk tsk, how come people always first think of the panel when there are
> > easter eggs.
> So just out of interest *are* there any known easter eggs or GNOME or
> any other free software?  I was under the impression that easter eggs
> were an unfortunate casualty of open source, ie there's not much point
> putting them in when they're far more likely to be discovered by someone
> perusing the source than by accidentally triggering them.  And as the
> credit for free software normally goes straight to the author rather
> than a corporation he has less motivation again to put a personal stamp
> on it.

Ho ho :) 

The number of Gnome developers who are surprised by some of the
eggs is an indicator of how strongly you should believe "the code
is there and therefore millions of eyes read it". 

Even better, we have internationalised easter eggs. Really :) 
One easter egg only happens on a particular day; but that day 
varies with your locale.

Gnome is a bit excessively populated with easter eggs, due to 
the exam revision avoidance mechanisms developed by one hacker 
in particular (naming no Georges). 


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