In the context of our generalized enthusiasm for prediction markets, Yahoo! has been running for some time a Buzz Game. Essentially a fame stock exchange for communication technologies, players are allowed to invest 10,000 virtual dollars in the fates and fortunes of various technologies (Linux, GPL, MS Word, Office, Ajax, PHP, etc.). I invested some dough in PHPWA, MOZILLA, XBOX and PLAYSTATION. I am currently losing on Mozilla and XBOX (the latter in an expected post Xmas slump), but doing fairly well on the Playstation and PHPWA side.
To be honest, beyond the fun factor, I found the game quite useful. I have been looking for some time for a Linux-on-a-CD distribution (after trying with only mediocre results LinspireLive and MandrakeMove). According to the Buzz Game the highest rated technologies of this kind are Ubuntu and Knoppix (actually they are head and shoulders above everybody else). I am currently downloading Unbuntu and I will let you know if it really is “all that.” (The main trouble I had with LL and MM was an absence of drivers for wireless adapters and inability to easily access the local HD).