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Set to air during the US Open Finals and the NFL kick-off a new ad by IBM, promotes Linux and closes with the slogan : “Linux. The Future is Open. IBM.“ The commercial will also have Henry Louis Gates Jr. advising “Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom, but sharing data is the first step toward community.” That’s been the mantra of the Unix and open source communities for so long it seems as basic as breathing, but Gates says is so much better.
[Edit: September 06, 2003]
Finally got to actually see the Prodigy ad.
I really like it.
They have some heavy hitters in there…I watched it a few times to make sure but I here’s what I found (in order of appearance):
Coach Wooden, Professor Gates, Sylvia Nasar, Penny Marshall, and Mohammed Ali
The rest I don’t recognize at all, anyone know? The guitarist? The business man? Pilot?