[OFFTOPIC] Re: Boot logo proposal

Jakub Jelinek (jj@sunsite.ms.mff.cuni.cz)
Tue, 28 Jul 1998 16:02:10 +0200 (MET DST)

> We have /dev/random. We have a boot logo.
> We have people all over the world who are either offended by or
> unconfortable with some images.
> Especially when they're suggestive of a certain mentality. Face it, a
> beer drinking penguin says "Linux hackers drink beer". That doesn't do
> justice to the diversity of contributors.

Can we please stop this offtopic thread? I guess it would be much better if
people sat down instead and wrote some code...

It is strange the boot logo is offending some people now, when it has been
in the Linux kernel for more than two years (looking into CVS it was there
in June 1996) and has not been offending anyone. The beer glass in the logo,
which I painted using Larry Ewing's penguin, has been one of the unofficial
Linux logos before the penguin in 1996, and is a glass of virtual beer
(remember all those powered by Linux logos in the before penguin epoch?).

If someone does not like it, feel free to change it in your copy, the format
is not that difficult to generate (using a short perl script or simple c
program), you just have to use an image of right size (I don't think we need
to add more code to make it any size) and with less than 224 colors.
And I think it makes no sense to put more images in the kernel image for the
user to choose - it is just wasting of space, even if it will be discarded.

Jakub Jelinek | jj@sunsite.mff.cuni.cz | http://sunsite.mff.cuni.cz
Administrator of SunSITE Czech Republic, MFF, Charles University
Ultralinux - first 64bit OS to take full power of the UltraSparc
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