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

Robin Menneer robinmenneer at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 08:47:23 GMT 2007

On 3/23/07, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:
> 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".
> >
Could the penguin (no outsiders kinow what Tux is) be inserted into
the first or middle U in Ubuntu and the whole name Ubuntu be
underlined with the word LINUX printed small and thoroughly flattened
so it looks like an underline.  We then have both our penny and the
bun.  GNU  should not be paraded to the general public - it's Flanders
& Swannish.

> 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?
> Sean
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