The only worthwhile logo-related comments so far....

Nikolas Britton freebsd at
Fri Feb 18 20:04:00 PST 2005

Chris Zumbrunn wrote:

> On Feb 18, 2005, at 10:12 AM, aksis wrote:
>> Something I was contemplating is that through out history there have 
>> been many
>> "gatekeeper" systems that have been implemented to keep the masses at 
>> bay.
>> In history they have usually been some type of icon/gargoyle that 
>> invoked fear
>> in people. For those who could conquer fear, they could pass the 
>> gate. The
>> people who passed the gate were of a higher level of consciousness. 
>> They were
>> the ones not governed by fear, the people who were willing to take 
>> risks and
>> experiment etc... These are some important qualities for *any* kind of
>> development environment. When the time came, after the groups 
>> creation had
>> been developed and was ready for the masses, the "gatekeeper" was 
>> removed or
>> de-mystified and the masses could now have access to what they would 
>> have
>> destroyed or broken due to lack of understanding or out of fear.
>> I see that beastie could be serveing this purpose. I also see that if 
>> FreeBSD,
>> as an OS, is intending to be released to the mases then it would be 
>> wise to
>> get rid of a mascot that, for the majority of the world, is 
>> associated with
>> evil and/or dis-service.  [snip]
>> If, however, FreeBSD is: still in its infancy stage; is not intended 
>> for the
>> masses; is not yet ready for the masses, then such a gatekeeper 
>> system would
>> be wise to keep in place. It keeps the ignorant/fearful masses at 
>> bay. If the
>> masses are allowed in too soon, they will trip on/over the small 
>> unfinished
>> details. [snip]
> Interesting perspective. Reading this made me question if I'm correct 
> to advocate a redesigned and fresher look for The current 
> look with its default serif font, underlined links and current logo 
> does serve the same kind of gatekeeper functionality - not just the 
> BSD daemon. But this isn't a black and white issue - rather it is a 
> question of fine tuning and lowering the gate to the level that is 
> right for the FreeBSD project at the current time.

The gatekeeper is UNIX and the only thing we stand to gain is those that 
have already walked through it.

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