Strange question about the logo?...
freebsd at orchid.homeunix.org
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 http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/daemon.html
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
Hope it clarifies a bit.
> Greetings from an upcoming FreeBSD fan....
Karol Kwiatkowski <freebsd at orchid dot homeunix dot org>
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