Strange question about the logo?...

Karol Kwiatkowski freebsd at
Sun Jan 30 05:26:22 PST 2005

Rembrandt Leliveld wrote:
> Hello FreeBSD community!


> I have a strange question, I think..... 
> Can you tell me why FreeBSD choosed a devil as logo?

This question is quite popular, unfortunately. It's based on
misinterpreting the BSD Daemon as a demon.

Have a look at

quote from "Unix System Administration Handbook" (also in the link above):

"Many people equate the word ``daemon'' with the word ``demon,''
implying some kind of Satanic connection between UNIX and the
underworld. This is an egregious misunderstanding. ``Daemon'' is
actually a much older form of ``demon''; daemons have no particular
bias towards good or evil, but rather serve to help define a person's
character or personality. The ancient Greeks' concept of a ``personal
daemon'' was similar to the modern concept of a ``guardian angel'' ---
``eudaemonia'' is the state of being helped or protected by a kindly
spirit. As a rule, UNIX systems seem to be infested with both daemons
and demons."

Hope it clarifies a bit.

> Greetings from an upcoming FreeBSD fan.... 

Have fun!



Karol Kwiatkowski  <freebsd at orchid dot homeunix dot org>

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