[ubuntu-uk] Free penguin with every purchase... (WAS Re: ubuntu-uk Digest, Vol 23, Issue 41)

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Fri Mar 23 06:18:56 GMT 2007

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace wrote:
> Personally, I'd keep Tux and drop the GNU.  The GNU foundation are an  
> excellent organisation and have a very important part to play in  
> developing F/OSS software and the environment around it, however in  
> the same way the the Six Nations is referred to as a Rugby Tournament  
> and not a Rugby Football Tournament, I think that we should refer to  
> Linux either by distro name or by the simple word "Linux".
I think 90% of the world have already dropped the GNU from Linux, but 
it's still something that purists hold dear, siting the fact that the OS 
wouldn't exist were it not for the GNU components therein... myself, I 
don't really care one way or another as in the real world it doesn't 
happen anyway... "Red Hat Enterprise Linux", "Fedora Core 4", "Ubuntu", 
"Knoppix"... these are what people call distros... if we take the 
GNU/Linux debate to its logical conclusion every fork should acknowledge 
its origin, hence Ubuntu should probably be called 
"Ubuntu/Debian/GNU/Linux/Minix" (but that would really be a mouthful!)...

I also actually intensely dislike the GNU logo... it seems sinister to 
me, a bit reminiscent of black magic and ritual whereas Tux is a jolly 
sort of penguin and a much more appropriate icon for the OS. Shame that 
these folks appear to have now constitutionally banned Tux... what will 
they be doing next? Enforcing the "man with the red flag" law when it 
comes to road vehicles?


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