Stupid ASCII loader prompt

Michael C. Shultz ringworm01 at
Thu Mar 17 08:27:58 PST 2005

On Thursday 17 March 2005 08:08 am, you wrote:
> Michael C. Shultz wrote:
> >adding my $0.02 to the pot
> >
> >I hope FreeBSD folks have more pride in their product than
> >to allow a few malcontents cause a logo change.  If bestie goes
> >AWOL so may I.  Using a product when its own designers won't
> >stick by it seams unwise.
> >
> >-Mike
> For what values of "it"?  FreeBSD is an operating system,
> not a logo.  Most people's decision to use the OS aren't
> based on its mascot, I would hope.

If the logo is of no importance, then why did it ever exist? FreeBSD
started with this logo and needs to stick by it in my opinion.  If 
someone comes up with a better looking "beastie" that is fine,
to arbitrally change it after 20 years because a few people are offended
shows cowardness in the face of nearly 0 diversity.

If you toss beastie probably should change to change chmod 666 because 
that number offends some people.  While your at it please remove 
gnome-sword, it likely offends some non Christians to have bible study 
software in ports. After all in Saudi Arabia the cross is illegal, no 
need to risk offending.   What about the hewbrew fonts? Do they also 
piss off Arabs? Toss those just in case.  Now the Arabic fonts need 
tossing tool,  just to be fair.


> FBSD has close ties with the "Beastie" artwork, to be sure; but
> saying that the "designers won't stick by it" when referring
> to artwork (rather than a "work of art"  --- that is, the system
> itself) is a emotionally biased statement.  Not that such is
> inappropriate, but to contend that FreeBSD isn't worthy to use
> because of
> contention over "marketing" type issues also *seems* unwise....

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