Logo Contest

Andrew L. Gould algould at datawok.com
Wed Feb 9 20:47:47 PST 2005

On Wednesday 09 February 2005 10:21 pm, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> Hi,
> Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> > On Wednesday 09 February 2005 08:56 pm, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>this all sounds like a very stupid idea to me.
> >>
> >>This also sounds like the effort in the EU banning the swastika not
> >>seeing that some two billion people using it as a religious symbol.
> >
> > No.  Your statement would be correct if Beastie were losing his
> > status as the mascot.  Beastie is retaining his status as the
> > mascot.
> Beastie is losing its status as a logo.
> >>I never ever heard that a company has chosen a product because of
> >> its logo.
> >>
> >>Do you believe that Windows is this successful because of its logo?
> >>
> >>Erich
> >
> > FreeBSD has a powerful, serious, professional side that Beastie
> > does not
> Do above attributes apply to the logo of the most successful software
> package known as Windows?
> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.mspx

I care about the OS's popularity only for the driver support it may 
someday bring.  I care more about spending more time talking about 
FreeBSD's strengths than explaining that the devil is a daemon, which 
has both a Greek definition and is also an acronym.

> > All religious and Political Correctness issues aside, do you have
> > any objections to a more complete and accurate image for FreeBSD?
> FreeBSD already has this image.

Only in tight circles where it is well known.  Where I live and work, it 
is mostly unknown.  Those who have heard of it think that it's either a 
Linux distribution or one of those hacker tools.  You know about 
hackers, don't you?  They're young, bright criminals that create 
computer viruses and steal your personal identity.

People fear the unknown.  Add to the unknown, add a group of people that 
have been negatively stereotyped by Hollywood and the news media, and a 
logo that may represent something less than wholesome.  I live in East 
Texas and work for a hospital in West Texas.  In both ends of this 
great state, which I love dearly, I am hesitant to wear my Beastie 
t-shirts.  Windows is king here, and anything not supported by a major 
vendor must be a tool used by malcontents.  I administer the only *nix 
computer at my workplace.  Since I am NOT a member of the IS 
department, I hope you can imagine the trouble I went through to get 
permission to use FreeBSD.  It was only after turnover of key IS 
positions that I was able to establish good working relationships with 
IS personnel.  Things are good now; but were not always so.

Andrew Gould

> Erich

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