How does one patch KDE2 under FreeBSD?
The original joke
"How does one patch KDE2 under FreeBSD?" (Russian: «Как пропатчить KDE2 под FreeBSD?», tr. «Kak propatčitʹ KDE2 pod FreeBSD?», [ˈkak prɐˈpat͡ʃitʲ ka dɛ ɛ ˈdva pɐt fri bi ɛs ˈdi]) is an internet meme in Russian Internet culture.
The question was originally posted on the #anime channel of the RusNet IRC network on May 8, 2004. This is the original post, followed by a translation:
"Здравствуйте, это канал об аниме? -- Да. -- Как мне пропатчить KDE2 под FreeBSD?"
"Hello, is this an anime channel? — Yes [it is] — How do I patch KDE2 under FreeBSD?"
The first question was rhetorical. It satirized the disproportionate amount of technical "geeky" conversations often occurring on that channel, having nothing to do with anime. Later it was popularized and became widely cited in Russophone chats.
In 2006, the phenomenon first received public attention when it was asked by many people prior to the July 6 online conference with the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Due to provoking campaigns, it became the third most popular question proposed to be asked during the conference, the first being "PREVED, Vladimir Vladimirovich! How do you regard MEDVED?" However, the hosts did not ask him the question.
In 2007, it was revived to be the number one most frequently asked question in a similar conference with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev answered the question seriously by describing the developments in the IT industry of Kazakhstan and the possible use of open-source software in it.
In December 2007, the question again became the most popular one preceding the Internet conference of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. He gave an answer, saying the programmers at his secretariat are able to help patch KDE2 under different operating systems. He also recommended the adoption of newer software (a possible reference to the existence of KDE3 at the time).
In February 2014, an OpenBSD ports developer gave an overview at the Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe conference in Belarus on how to patch KDE4 under OpenBSD, reviving the long-lived meme once again under a new light.
- IRC log with the original phrase Archived 2013-02-11 at the Wayback Machine Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
- Post on the FreeBSD mailing list describing the phenomenon
- Original question for Vladimir Putin, 2006-07-03, Yandex
- Kazakhs shower president with cryptic questions, 2007-06-01, Reuters
- Қазақстан Республикасының Президенті Н.Ә. Назарбаевтың интернет-конференциясы, 2007, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-07-15 Unknown parameter
- Пане Президент, як пропатчити KDE2 під FreeBSD? — Ukrainian conference log
- Zhukov, Vadim (2014-02-21). "How to patch KDE4 under OpenBSD". OpenBSD. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "kde4-4.14.3 – KDE4 desktop meta-package (full installation)". OpenBSD ports. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- LiveJournal community
- Presentation describing the phenomenon and describing the actual way to patch KDE2 under FreeBSD
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