I think this might help people out there get their creative juices flowing. You can’t be a geek all the time, you know. (I say, you need to exercise your artsy side somewhat also, or there wouldn’t be balance).
If money was no object to make a 30-second commercial/vignette about Linux, what would be in it? You’re not actually selling anything for money, here. It could have fancy computer graphics, music, etc. How would you describe it? It can be as crazy as you like, which I think some of the best commercials are. The more Dreamlike, the better. This way, it’s more like actual art.
Mine would have eminent Open Source community members like Linux Torvalds, Guido van Rossum, Carl Richell, etc. playing air guitar, rocking out to some catchy guitar song, standing on top of clouds which float towards a nice sunset. Then there’s a shift in camera perspective, showing these looming giant evil spaceships off in the dark cloudy distance (which are suggestive of Imperial Star Destroyers).
Then from all the guitars (which now exist in the hands of the Open Sources luminaries, as they rock out even harder), colors come shooting out, which are like fat laser beams which all fly in parallel lines towards the spaceships, which zap them thoroughly, gradually blowing off more and more massive chunks. Finally the evil spaceships slowly fall to the Earth, trailing smoke and fire, and make slow, giant explosions. Vast hordes of people on the ground look up to the sky and cheer, and whoop it up. Perhaps some of them break-dancing.
Among the crowds are several pink unicorns, hoofing at the sky and whinnying in jubilation. That just goes without saying.