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Malcolm Kay Malcolm.Kay at
Thu Apr 17 07:07:43 UTC 2003

On Thu, 17 Apr 2003 11:40, Viktor Lazlo wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Apr 2003, Luciano Evaristo Guerche wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have heard FreeBSD is quite comparable to Linux and that is a very
> > good free OS. I would not use / adhere to it just because the logo it
> > adopts. How can a christian install an OS whose logo is a demon in
> > his/her computer?
> >
> > Luciano Evaristo Guerche
> Daemons in unix are equivalent to Windows NT-style services and refer to
> programs that run constantly in the background and perform operations
> automatically at specified times or when triggered by specified events.
> Daemon/demon originates in the Greek daimon="a god, genius, spirit" from
> the same root as daiomai, I impart.  Any reference to the word or to the
> image of a horned red devil as the foe of God have no basis in Christian
> doctrine that I am aware of.  Although the BSD-logo makes a playful jest
> by combining the computer definition with popular imagery it has no
> religious significance whatsoever.
> Cheers,
> Viktor

My dictionary distinguishes between daemon and demon though
they clearly have similar etymology. All the evil impilications are attached
to demon -- not to daemon. In my mind a daemon (a subordinate deity) 
fits in the same general group as Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and 
the Tooth Fairy.

Malcolm Kay

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