Linux looks to Hilton for exposure
By Sam Varghese
April 1, 2005
A new group set up to advance the cause of free and open source software has decided to recruit socialite Paris Hilton into its ranks as a means to gain more exposure.
The Open Source Development League said it was recruiting Ms Hilton because it knew of nobody else who had managed to gain such a degree of exposure despite having no apparent learning in this direction.
"What she managed to do with that video was amazing. If that wasn't enough, then there was the mobile phone address book episode," Jeremy Bleats, the chief executive officer of the League, told a crowded media conference on the banks of the Yarra in Melbourne early today.
Bleats said the only thing that was holding back Linux and other software of the FOSS genre was a lack of exposure. "People should be aware of the breadth and scope of what FOSS has to offer and Ms Hilton can definitely advance that objective," he said. "She can expose things like nobody else can."
He said the League had considered the merits of Pamela Denise Anderson - said by many to be the most downloaded person on the internet - but had finally decided in favour of Ms Hilton.
"It was more or less a two-horse race when it came to the question of appointing an Exposure Executive," Bleats said. "The horse with longer legs finally won."
Bleats had a word of caution for journalists. "Please do not confuse our League with the Red-Headed League about which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wove a tale involving Sherlock Holmes," he said. "I have to say this because our Exposure Executive is, at the moment, a redhead."
In the US, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard M. Stallman, dismissed the League's move as a "cheap stunt."