SPAM: Score 4.5: Re: The FreeBSD Project is announcing a publ ic competition for the new logo design. ????

Johnson David DavidJohnson at
Sun Feb 13 18:35:08 PST 2005

> From: Mark Ovens [mailto:marko at]
> Ricardo Alves dos Reis wrote:
> > Unfortunately, the cute FreeBSD daemon is sometimes treated with 
> > misunderstanding in the religious and cultural context. That's why The 
> > FreeBSD Project is announcing a public competition for the new logo 
> > design. You can find the rules of the competition in this document.
> > 
> > ??????
> > 
> <sigh> So, the FreeBSD Project is giving in to the narrow-minded, 
> puritanical, moral minority who, despite their preachings are not very 
> well-informed as they don't know the difference between 'demon' and 
> 'daemon'. Is this a sign (or a victim perhaps?) of the "growing 
> conservatism sweeping Bush's America"?

As a Christian and somewhat quasi-conservative, I must protest the
promulgation of this falsehood. Problem is not the "religious right", but
rather the erroneous perception of the religious right. There is no problem
with the daemon mascot. Nobody is out there refusing to consider BSD because
of its mascot The only time I have seen this issue brought up has been on
Slashdot, by a Linux advocate, or by someone who heard second hand from one
of the former.

Nobody's complaining about the Arizona Sun Devils. No one's complaining
aobut Underwood Deviled Ham. And no one's complaining about the BSD daemon.
I'm a Christian and I don't have a problem with him. My Christian relatives
and friends don't have a problem with him. Including those that are rural
"hicks" from red states.

Yes, I'm sure you can scrounge up a couple of old anecotes of people who
were offended or disturbed by Beastie. But I can counter each with ten of my
own anecdotes of conservative Christians who did not. Do not mistake a few
poorly socialized radicals on the right as the model for religious
conservatives. That's stereotyping of the worst sort.

There *IS* a reason for a logo contest, and that is because we do not have a
logo, only a mascot. Let's get ourselves a logo, but keep the mascot,
because Beastie is a hell [sic] of a lot cooler than flightless waterfowl.

David Johnson

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