The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest

After posting the 15 Cool and Unique Linux Desktop Workspaces, I decided to officially launch today "The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest". This contest is open to everyone who can show and tell us something about his/her cool and unique Linux workstation setup.

To join, participants are required to send us some photos (1-4 photos) of their workspaces together with a brief description. Chosen entries will be featured here weekly and the finalists will be showcased at the end of the contest period to be voted upon by our readers. The ultimate winner will receive $100.00 (USD) via PayPal and more bragging rights.

For those of you who are interested, here are the rest of the contest mechanics:

1. Your workspace photos should be at least 450 pixels wide. You should send them HERE.

2. To verify that the workspace is yours and you are really using Linux, the computer screen from your photo (or from one of your photos) should show a Linux desktop with a web browser open and browsing Tech Source. Like this:

Images that are Photoshopped or should I say GIMPed will not be accepted. But of course, simple editing such as cropping and resizing is allowed.

3. The description is also very important. As much as possible, make it brief but informative.

4. After we have accepted your submission, you are required to post the following sentence at your blog, or if you don't have a blog, at one of your social networking pages like Facebook, Twitter,, etc.:

I joined the “The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest” at Tech Source.

Note: Aside from the sentence, placing the "" link (URL) is necessary but it is up to you on where or how you will add it.

After doing the above tasks, you should notify us via email and give us the link (URL) to where you posted the required sentence and the Tech Source URL.

5. Although it helps, your workstation doesn't need to have powerful specs or ultra-huge monitors to be considered as cool. Uniqueness of location and working environment will also be a key factor in choosing the winner. Like, your workstation could be a flimsy OLPC laptop, but if it is inside an igloo, that would make you a strong contender.

6. The exact date of the end of the contest period will be announced soon.

7. The contest starts today. So if you think that your Linux workspace is cool enough, JOIN NOW for a chance to win an amazing $100 (USD)!

If you have questions or suggestions, please do so via comment.


  1. Well this is a great idea and a good way of promoting Linux. Expect to see my workspace here after I've finished cleaning my home office :)

  2. ?

  3. Jun, looks like you've found a great way to spend your overflowing resources. =)

    But seriously, while I don't think my workspace has what it takes to compete, I certainly am excited to see what the workspaces of serious Linux enthusiasts look like.

    off to tweet this.

  4. Jun, got what might appear like a stupid question, but I'll ask it anyway because I'm really curious. Why would these people need multiple monitors, let alone multiple computers?

    What apps require this amount of hardware?

  5. Indeed this is a great idea. Will share.

  6. @johnV, Marc: Thanks for spreading the word.

    I'm also excited and I hope a lot will participate.

  7. "Jun, got what might appear like a stupid question, but I'll ask it anyway because I'm really curious. Why would these people need multiple monitors, let alone multiple computers?"

    Perhaps their work or their hobby requires for them to have multiple computers. As for multiple monitors, you should read this:

  8. @Anxious Nut: is that your workspace?

  9. @johnv sometimes one monitor isn't enough. it's an energy efficient way of expanding your multitasking capabilities.

    Otherwise you'll turn on two PCs with two monitors. So instead of that, you just use two monitors with hardware that supports that.

  10. Yeah. I'll wait until you run a "worst Linux workspaces" contest. Great pics though. :)