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Mon, 01 Aug 2005

redhat worldwide Part II or How the community is working:

(All timestamps in UTC (if I calculated correctly).)

  • 13:53:47: Got a hint via irc to visit
  • 13:55:42: Visited RedHats website, didn't found anything unusual
  • 13:56:55: Got the hint to take a close look at the map of Europe on their site
  • 13:59:42: Got it! Laughed a lot!
  • 14:00:07: Asked the guys of the german Debian channel in freenode to take a look at the map
  • 14:14:12: Preliminary blog entry ready
  • 14:17:37: Got hints for some typos
  • 14:18:00: the blog entry hits planet
  • 14:35:12: Added some nice wikipedia links to explain, what's wrong
  • 14:45:37: Wrote a mail to, but forget to send it out. Sorry.
  • 20:14:08: Got a mail from RedHat, thanking me for the hint in my blog about their website.
  • 20:41:25: RedHat fixed the map by removing all borderlines ;)

Wow, I'm impressed. It took the community only six hours to spread the news around the world and reach the people of RedHat ;)

BTW: I made a small error in the blog entry interpreting the stars on the map as capitals. Got corrected, and I'm sure my fellow readers would like to learn the true meaning of the stars, too:


thank you for pointing out the mistakes - obviously I'm not up on my
geography - honestly I didn't really pay too much attention, which will
teach me in the future to be more detailed oriented. The reason that
the star in Germany is not in Bonn is because it is supposed to be in
Muenster - where LVM is headquartered - this is one of the international
companies that our videos are on.

Thank you for noticing!


Honestly I must say, that I'm not up on my geography on everything but Europe...

postet at 23:13 into [Debian] permanent link

redhat worldwide: our development stopped before 1989...

... or how do you explain that map of Europe shown on

Screen shot of a very old map of Europe to be seen on

(Click for a full size screenshot.)

Please, dear RedHat people, tell me, that your packages are newer than your maps, or nobody should rely on redhat!

And for those who aren't familiar with the recent history of europe:

  • The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republik reunited 1990
  • Germanys capital is no longer Bonn
  • Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Yugoslavia looks today a bit different, too

Thanks to Frank for the hint and maxx for this blog title.

postet at 16:35 into [Debian] permanent link


Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.