BSD logo (a moderate opinion)

Chuck Robey chuckr at
Wed Jul 28 21:14:24 UTC 2010

Dale Scott wrote:
> Personally, I enjoy our mascot Beastie, as well as the Beastie-influenced official logo. I also smile when I see Casper, Wendy andHotStuff.
>  However, I also accept there are individuals who understand these symbols differently than me, and that I may be alienating them to my 
> detriment.  It seems consumer products need to be mindful of cultural 
> differences, is FreeBSD different? A larger community and increased OS market share wouldn't be all that bad, would it?
> I hope that those of you who believe in FreeBSD but with a personal conflict with the mascot or logo,
>  band together and propose a complementary alternate symbol. I don't 
> mean flooding the mail list (it's obvious we can do that on our own), 
> I'm talking about difficult time-consuming organization, lobbying, and 
> support gathering. For me, I hope Beastie endures forever - he our first and legacy mascot - but I also wouldn't object to one or two more officially sanctioned mascots and logos either. 
> Dale Scott

God, I rewrote this 4 times, because I need to be careful and correct here.
First, there is no honest reason why people of differing opinions can't get
along.  If others have problems with me having my own beliefs, I won't force
them to live my way, but they must respect my own choices too.  The major point
here, though, is a historical one: appeasement does not work, and even the
attempt leads to problems.

The point is, no sane person really believes that Beastie equates to devil
worship, and I don't like the idea of letting crazies dictate my life.

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