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Debian Chooses Logo

justin++ posted more than 15 years ago | from the finally dept.

Debian 149

After many months of discussion and flaming, Debian has chosen a new logo. The new "swirl" graphic can be seen here, and the results of the vote are here.

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that's odd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867658)

anyone else bothered by this 'Official Logo' and 'Open Use Logo' terminology?
next thign you'll see is debian popping up with IP protection lawsuits

Re:Kinda looks like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867659)

I agree; it looks like an imploding Lucent logo.

Also, if I stare at it long enough it either looks like an ear or a monkey's tail.

I'm so glad they got rid of that 'Woodstock' Bird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867660)

I love the new logo, it's cool and professional looking. I could see it in a slick TV commercial, shot in lush sepia tones, with a Buddhist monk doing calligraphy, with text overlaying the screen and a voice over talking about Debian's features, and it zooms out at the end to show the monk was painting the logo..

As a debian user I am proud of the swirl!


Re:Kinda looks like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867661)

Lucent logo? Head on over to and check out their logo for Lightwave. Now *that's* similar.

Re:Debian vs Redhat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867662)

best distro you will ever use. farthest away from
redhat as you can get. Even slackware can't compare.

Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867663)

It's a contraction of Debra and Ian Murdock, the founders of the Debian project.

Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867664)

From 2.5 :

The project name is pronounced Deb'-ian, with a short e, and emphasis on the first syllable. This word is a contraction of the names of
Debra and Ian Murdock, who founded the project. (Dictionaries seem to offer some ambiguity in the pronunciation of Ian (!), but Ian prefers

Re: Seal of disapproval (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867665)

Only debian would come up with the lame idea of two logos -
one for its official use and the other links, but none of
these logos represent that in any meaningful way in their
designs. What sets one off from the other?

The seal with his nose stuck up in the air was the most appropriate
one for debian, which stands in judgement of political correctness
of softwre - and it was a nice graphic. I'm sure the artist didn't
intend it as an elitist symbol.

The winner of the contest, the swirl, doesn't seem to relate to
debian. I don't get it. Maybe overall it was the lest offensive
and therefore the most politically correct.

It's just you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867666)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867667)

... or do the Debian folks have absolutely no sence of aesthetics. Don't get me wrong; the distribution is technically superior. It's just that all the logos sucked, and they choose the worst.

Re:I'm so glad they got rid of that 'Woodstock' Bi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867668)

Hmm.. I can hear the slogan now. Debian, it grows on you.

Re:Kinda looks like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867669)

Ever seen the Sega Dreamcast logo?
it would be a nice little console if it didn't run

Re:It's Spanish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867670)

That's why I love anonymous coward...please mister moderator, give its post a score of 3 : good joke.

bit reminiscent of jini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867671)

it's very reminiscent of sun's jini logo [] .

AAAAAaaaaaaahhhhhgggggghhh!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867672)

What the hell is that VASE supposed to be for!?!?
The stand-alone swirl is dumb enough!
``DG'' was the most interesting.
By the way, I read the ``What is a "Debian"'' post but not the replies yet. Ian Murdock combined his first name with his wife's first name, Debra to create Debian. It seems like it should be pronounced duh-buy-in, not deb-eeyun, if one did not know the history of the name (knowing that it came from two names makes someone pronounce the two parts like the names, which I didn't know, so I said it duy-buy-in). Poll?

Re:AAAAAaaaaaaahhhhhgggggghhh!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867673)

Where are you from? 'Debian' always looked like DEB-ee-ahn to me, California, US....

Not a flame, just wondering....

Re:On logos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867674)

"A logo needs to be recognizable independent of the text. It has to work across language barriers. It should bypass the verbal part of your mind, and when you see the image, you should recognize it as Debian before you actually start to read what's in your visual field."

That's all very well, but seeing this particular swirl logo, without any text which marks it as Debian's swirl, people will probably think of Newtek's 3D product 'Lightwave', or as others have mentioned, Lucent.

Re:Finally -> potato (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867675)

Yeah, it's about time the new logo was decided upon. Does this mean the final version of potato
will be out soon...?

Why go for twins? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867676)

Last night I saw the winning logos. This morning I cannot recall which was
the official and which was the un-official. Keep in
mind that I am a long time Debian user and the distinction is important to me, and yet I cannot remember. Imagine the confusion these logos will cause to the casual users.

I think Debian should continue in its adventure to find a logo. Why not? the logo process has already been a long one, some could claim, it
predates Debian itself. Having come so far, could you at least make the
two logos in such a way so we can easily remember between the two.

Agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867677)

... the best name+graphic+layout has Slackware ... this new logo remembers me more the packing of a shampoo or of a hair lotion (or something else that you may find in a parfumerie).

*Ginn* (spirits) and Ala' ed-Din?! ... I hope not! For Disney I can't say ... but in the original literature *ginn* are typically unintelligent, forceful and nasty creatures, intervening to work out stagnant or irresolvable situations (inclusive the one of the story-teller). And Deus ex machina usage apart, ginn are totally incapable of thinking autonomously --which make them more dreadful.

Not really the best omen for a logo which should distinguish Debian --a very good distro. But I am not entirely negative, on the contrary: an authentic emancipation goes through phases of regression. The quality of the "home-made" biscuits from the small industry often decreases as the "look" of the packages and the marketing skill increase. Debian is not making concessions on its quality: let's even say welcome to this period of art-brut!

Sub-BTW: without being Andreas Feininger: there are things like `sectio aurea' (golden section) and more to take in account ... for the next logo-contest. (What I mostly find bizzarre in this new logo are proportions and position of the curled noodle coming out from the bottle ... well, a ginn!)

PS: Slackware is stellar "despite" his superior graphic (already seen ... I am in fact waiting with impatience v4-CDs. (Debian? ... I have it too, of course.)

Huh. A swirl. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867678)

Swirl's not too bad. It'll be a good logo.

Hate that silly vase/bottle thing though. Reminds me of something someone's aunt would have on her coffee table, maybe with one of those big peacock feathers sticking out of it....

I also prefered the DG logo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867679)

Next time they should open up the voting for anyone.

Not the bottle.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867680)

The one that came second, the blue DG thing, is BY FAR, the better looking, the one rob uses is better then the one they chose, i look at it and keep thinking whats that blond chicks name, Eden, "i dream of jeanie".
..or a heavy duty buzzing think, used by females.
Call me a pig, i dare ya.!

Spammer's delight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867681)

Wow, nice list of addresses for any spammer.

Debian Logo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867682)

It looks kinda like a Dreamcast logo doesn't it?

Re:OK, but the Debian/GNU "web" logo rules (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867683)

....not only the coolest name, but the best distro of them all!

Slackware, the "Seven-of-Nine" of Linux Distributions :-)


Debian vs Redhat (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867702)

How does Debian 2.1 compare to RH6.0?
I'm thinking of moving from RH to a different distribution that will offer me a better *nix experience. I want to get *away* from windows :P (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867703)

Hmmm, looks like [] got themselves a banner ad with the swirl before debian's own website was changed :)

Re:On logos (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867704)

I was going to propose that we switch the open and official versions, but I was waiting until the voting on the logo was over. If the swirl didn't win there wasn't much point messing with it.

I agree, the presence of an additional object in the logo should imply the presence of additional SOMETHING on the product marked with that logo.

In my reasoning, the bottle signifies the developers, who have granted their official seal of approval. A bottle isn't too bad for this purpose...the Debian developers all live in a fishbowl anyway, so... :)

Anyway, I plan to refer to vapors above the bottle as magic smoke. Debian is what makes your system run; it's the "magic smoke". All the EE's out there will remember learning in their microprocessor design classes that if you break open the ceramic package on a chip, you'll let the magic smoke out and it won't work anymore. :)

Guess I need to get about drafting that proposal.

-- Branden Robinson, Debian Developer

Feedback (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867705)

I am the person responsible for the controversial "swirl".

Thanks to all for voicing your opinions.

I love getting all this feedback but I would like to ask that if someone does or does not like it to please elaborate on why. Just like in software saying "it sucks" or "it rocks" just doesn't cut it.

I was surprised by the Sega logo. I wish it had been brought to my attention earlier.

BTW: I am a designer, not a programmer (unless you consider Lingo programming).



Yeah, but they're replacing it with Bong Smoke. (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867706)

"That stuff will damage your brain."

It's Spanish (3)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1867707)

Debían is the imperfect tense of the verb "deber" meaning to ought. So "debían saber la repuesta" loosely means "they should have known the answer."

I don't know what all this "Deb" and "Ian" stuff is.

Re:that's odd (1)

joey (315) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867712)

The logos are under the licenses here:

Kinda looks like... (2)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867713)

Hm, reminds me a bit of the Lucent logo...


Re:Not to be negative but... Oh yes (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867714)

Posted by My_Favorite_Anonymous_Coward:

I was shocked by the ugliness of the candidates. Seal? Ants? I said to myself, "they might as well choose the voodoo thing." And yeah indeed the "SWIRL" design won, at least it has theis creepy thing going. (Creepy is a good word for me, i.e. old nicole kidman movies.) Sorry I have seen the Gnome Dragon, damn those guys know how to design logo (and throw frame ;)


DG Logo (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867716)

Honestly, I wish they'd picked that... That is one sweet logo. Sharp, snazzy, possibly even better than RH's logo.

Re:Finally -> potato (1)

ajk (944) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867717)

Does this mean the final version of potato will be out soon...?


When you beg for handouts, you get what they give (1)

Smack (977) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867720)

Designing logos is a real job. Look at any graphic design firm's page on the web and you'll notice that a big part of their portfolio is logo design. And remember that most graphic designers are still Mac users.

To get better, less ugly entries, the qualified people would have had to donate their time and energy (and creativity) to support a project they probably don't even know exists. Debian should be happy with what they get.

Actually, it just says "Debian" (1)

Smack (977) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867721)

The name of the product, written in a standard font, with a slight gradient thrown in, does not a logo make. While Rob's logo is great for Slashdot (it conveys the category perfectly), it would look like crap on a box in a store. And really, it's not "powerful" or "subtle" -- it's a word!

It would have been nice if Debian picked an official symbol (seal, dog, penguin, whatever) and then required the logos to conform to it. Then there would have been more logos that were in the ballpark.

Re:I'm so glad they got rid of that 'Woodstock' Bi (2)

che (1178) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867723)

Absolutely! I imagine a sort of "Baraka" cinematographic experience. Automated cameras swiveling around a computer running Debian taking pictures every 10 minutes to show the nature-like growth of the beautiful native flora and fauna growing on the screen and between the keys on the keyboard, if you will.

Anyone got a spare $200,000 to make the commercial? I fully expect we can run it during the Superbowl next year.

Re:The SWIRL?! (1)

ninjaz (1202) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867724)

I don't want to insult anybody but I kind of preferred DG. It looks cleaner and more corporate. The "swirl" even looks uglier than the old one. What does the heck is the vase supposed to mean?
I liked the old logo of the chicken, too. But, I can't figure out why Debian should have a corporate-looking logo. The responses in this article remind me of back when the penguin was selected for Linux. Half the ppl were saying "The PENGUIN?! DON'T VOTE FOR THAT!!" ... It seems pretty well-accepted now, though. Even if it isn't corporate-looking. ;)

Re:Thats Too bad (2)

William Tanksley (1752) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867726)

Alas, then, that it's not a logo -- it's a nameplate. A logo has to complement text, not struggle with it.

You're right that it looks nice, but I'm glad we now have a logo. I mean, aside from the traumatically ugly and soon inappropriate penguin. (Inappropriate because Debian is working on a Hurd distribution as well, and the penguin is a Linux logo.)

RedHat has by far the best logo, one just perfect for their name. At least Debian didn't wind up with one of the creeping horrors up for suggestion -- the color-soaked seal, the crushed ant... The DG logo wasn't too bad; I would've been happy with it. The chicken was just too strange and didn't have the impact of the genie (perhaps it's too close to a penguin as well).


Slashdot slashdotted? (1)

KnightStalker (1929) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867727)

What happened to the last half dozen stories?

Re:OK, but the Debian/GNU "web" logo rules (1)

dangermouse (2242) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867728)

"live, streaming slack!" -- who thought of that?!

I did... Thanks. :)

Re:On logos (1)

Phil Hands (2365) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867729)

I see two reasons for using the plain swirl as the official logo, and the bottle one as the unofficial:

1) The plain swirl looks better IMO, and should look great if we can get it printed onto CDs so that it covers most of the CD surface. In order to print the with bottle logo on a CD it will have to be much smaller, which is appropriate.

2) If the lone swirl is the official logo, then the with-bottle logo effectively says ``contains Debian'', rather than ``is Debian''. Also, since it's an obvious genie reference, all genie stories have something powerful (i.e. Debian) hiding in a mundane object (the product that uses Debian in an unofficial capacity).

So, I think it's the right way round as it is.

Re:Kinda looks like... (1)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867730)

Agreed. I like it. =)

Re:It's Spanish (0)

Rendus (2430) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867731)

I don't know what all this "Deb" and "Ian" stuff is.

That would be the truth according to Debra and Ian.

Re:Finally (1)

goon (2774) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867732)

yep, also liked the old one. why was the change required?

Re:On logos (1)

goon (2774) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867733)

damn u guys are good, coders, graphic artists [insert expertise here]...

A logo needs to be recognizable independent of the text. It has to work across language barriers. It should bypass the verbal part of your mind, and when you see the image, you should recognize it as Debian before you actually start to read what's in your visual field.

sarcasm aside, yr spot on wrt recognition. this kind of recognition is what's been going on in the corporate world for donkeys years. what i want to know is why did ru changing from the original? the current one is pretty good and i dont see any that can be instantly recognised as superior.

Sybase logo? (1)

bjb (3050) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867734)

Actually, I think it looks a lot more like the logo for Sybase [] than anything else. Compare again with the Debian logo [] if you need.

Re:Not to be negative but... (1)

matty (3385) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867735)

It's not just you. I think they are all pretty lame. My apologies to the creators of the logos, but I really don't like any of them. I, for one, liked the hand-painted penguin logo.

Oh, well, I'll still use Debian, even if I don't like the logo. :)


Re:On logos (2)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867736)

Gee, Branden, I wish you hadn't said vapors. Vapors is not a good word to use in this context.

Exchanging the logos would help, but consider other objects - for example a pedestal rather than a lamp to connote official-ness.


Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (2)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867737)

That's Denebian slime-devil, and it's in the Trouble With Tribbles, at the start of the bar brawl.


Re:my logo (2)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867738)

Ed, that figure-ground stuff is clever but it confuses the eye. I had to look at it for 2 seconds just to figure it out. As I said a while back, you should recognize a logo before your brain starts to read what's in your visual field. Your version doesn't work for that, although it certainly looks cool when one takes the time to look at it.

P.S. slashdot just lost a day's worth of stories.



On logos (4)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867739)

A logo needs to be recognizable independent of the text. It has to work across language barriers. It should bypass the verbal part of your mind, and when you see the image, you should recognize it as Debian before you actually start to read what's in your visual field.

Rob's logo looks flashy, but is entirely text-dependent. I'm not sure I would have voted for the swirl, but I have bigger fish to fry.

Debian has an "Official CD Set", which can be redistributed by anyone without royalty, but its an ISO image mastered by Debian and its contents are strictly defined. Anyone can distribute a different version, that's what they call "unofficial". So they really did need two logos.

I don't see yet how the presence of a lamp says not official and its absence says official. Maybe this needs to evolve a bit.



DreamCast Logo for Debian ? (1)

coockie (4628) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867741)

Have you seen the Sega DreamCast logo ?
The swirl is much like the same, can't they be original for Debian ?

Re:Proof of one thing... (1)

dvdeug (5033) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867742)

Its like accepting code for a major project from someone who just completed his first 'c f3r dumm1ez' book.

So before accepting any code for any project, you demand to know what programming books they've read?

Part of the hacking world is not checking credintials, but instead checking work.

Not to be negative but... (1)

Decibel (5099) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867743)

Is it just me, or are the choices pretty ugly? I would suggest they open it up for more entries. Just my opinion. :)

Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (1)

dw (5168) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867744)

I like it. Why don't we change the name to Denebian and craft a slime-devil for the logo :)

OK, but the Debian/GNU "web" logo rules (1)

cthonious (5222) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867745)

I've seen it somewhere, a picture of a little penguin looking up at a gnu. Very cool.

Still, slackware has the coolest name and the best logo ("live, streaming slack!" -- who thought of that?!)

Re:Kinda looks like... (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867746)

It looks a bit like the logo in the top left-hand corner of [] .

Re:Thats Too bad (1)

raw (6182) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867747)

Agreed. What's the connection with Debian and a magic lamp?

Re:Other OS logos... (1)

Type-R (8130) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867749)

One word, errr, acyronym:

OpenBSD []

oh you fickle people :} (1)

AraQniD (8255) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867750)

I just find it amusing to see the number of people saying the swirl sucks, given that last time the logos were shown on slashdot, it was the one most people seemed to be drooling over :}

Re:Kinda looks like... (1)

tigert (8580) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867751)


Try to design something entirely original these days... :)

I think the swirl logo is great.


Re:Thats Too bad (1)

tigert (8580) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867752)

..or "Rub the IRC and the guys will help :)"

It's all of the Linux community, the support is great. And I think #debian is very good in that.

IMHO the logo is right on place.


Both Debian AND Dreamcast are rip-offs! (1)

The Dodger (10689) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867753)

Well, considering that the Celts were carving spirals into rocks at places like Newgrange in Ireland more than 5,000 years ago, I think that both the Dreamcast and Debian logos are rip-offs...

High King of Ireland

Re:Kinda looks like...NEWTEK!!! (0)

Flynn (10827) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867754)

My thoughts exactly.....

Re:Proof of one thing... (1)

alhaz (11039) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867755)

You haven't figured it out yet, have you.

The Debian distribution panders to developers, and that's about it. The design reflects it. The documentation reflects it.

I'm not an idiot but I don't have the time to ferret out every last little fact. I don't appriciate when the docs for something assume I'm already in the know, and contain a lot of references to things that "ought to just work" and things that "should" happen.

I recently attempted to install Debian 2.1 on a DEC Multia. Was a complete bust. The docs are just the Intel docs with the header changed to reflect Alpha systems. They didn't even change the part about bootable CDs, and ElTorito is only supported by intel systems.

What's more, the few fleeting installation notes in the README are false. And nobody on the mailing list felt like responding to an installation problem experienced by every single person who attempts to follow those instructions.

Let me be perfectly clear on this - if you use the MILO commandline in the Debian 2.1/Alpha installation README, you are guaranteed failure.

And why didn't anybody give a rat's posterior about my problem? I'm just a user.

I'm no fan of RedHat, but, the RedHat/Sparc community was far more helpful when i was messing around with old sparcstations.

Personally, i'm a SuSE fan.

looks commercial (2)

jetson123 (13128) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867757)

That's the kind of logo I would expect for a commercial startup or 90's big company spinoff (in fact, if pressed, I would have guessed that the debian-log-with-vase is the Magic Cap logo).

Is a more corporate image where Debian wants to go? I also noted some rather corporate looking press releases. I like the old Debian logo because it is friendly, personal, and looked pretty non-commercial to me--a good match to Debian's goals I thought.

Other OS logos... (2)

Androgynous Coward (13443) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867758)

Let's see...

Windows with the 8bit window-thingies that they insist on continuing to package as a screensaver sucks....

MacOS with the Janus-like face look old...

Be is okay...straight to the point & nothing fancy.

RedHat's is cool in my looking

FreeBSD's looks like a bad tattoo

Debian's is okay but not great and I think the swirl is a bit reminicent of Lucent as was stated earlier.

Prognosis: some people should stick to programming and give the design over to someone else.


Sure You Are... (1)

Simeon2000 (13536) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867759)

And I'm Alan Cox, and I really don't appreciate you making such a silly logo for an OS surrounding a kernel I've worked so hard on!

----- if ($anyone_cares) {print "Just Another Perl Newbie"}

Re:I'm so glad they got rid of that 'Woodstock' Bi (1)

Zoyd (13778) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867760)

Woodstock? I thought it was the Partridge Family [] bird.

Re:z0rk (1)

ethereal (13958) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867761)

My impression was that they were drawing a parallel between a colony of ants working together for the common good, and collection of Debian developers worldwide working together on Debian. Each one just does a little bit, but something larger than themselves is created.

Of course, I didn't understand the ants either until it was explained this way in the last Slashdot article about the logo contest. The swirl was really the only good alternative, although I prefer their old penguin to the new swirl. The Gnu looking at the penguin was pretty cool too, although I think it was too big for a /. logo or letterhead.

What is a "Debian" anyways? (2)

webslacker (15723) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867763)

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I've always wondered if "Debian" was a person's name, or if it meant something. Mr. Webster doesn't seem to have an answer. Does anyone out there know?

z0rk (1)

Kysh (16242) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867766)

When you consider the competition, it's no
surprise that swirl should come out on top. I mean
look at Ants.. can anyone discern any logical
correlation between 'ants' and 'Debian'? Or 'ants'
and anything except modern art? :>

Debian isn't comprised of artists. It's comprised
of programmers, sysadmins, system analysts and
engineers. :> Although I do agree that the /.
Debian logo was better. :>

Re:Other OS logos... Amiga Boing Ball ! (1)

DGolden (17848) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867767)

Amiga (i) + Amiga NG -
Red + White chequered beach ball
Hey, it was cool when it bounced + spun. :-)

Amiga (ii) - "Rainbow Tick"
I liked the rainbow tick.

CBM - ChickenHead !!!

Finally (1)

enum (17859) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867768)

I'm happy thats all over. I kind of preferred that one anyway, but I liked the old one more.

Re:When you beg for handouts, you get what they gi (1)

Starfyre (18020) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867769)

I would have to disagree there. I've designed a number of logos and rejuvenated old ones and I'm by no means a profesional artist. It doesn't take any specific training, just a good eye. Grafix is my thing, and I'm certainly not a Mac user. Yes, they're good for multimedia, but the interface is so lame. I liked the DG entry, much more profesional looking at least. But then again, it would be harder to convert to ascii art.

"To get better, less ugly entries..." Some could say the same about better, non-crashing OS's, but it seems to me like the best thing out there is free. Any true geek would gladly work on a project with only the pride of knowing his efforts were used and benefit others.


my logo (1)

Edward Carter (19288) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867772)

Here is my logo entry [] . At least IMHO, it is better than at least some of the nominations (especially if I'd gotten a chance to polish it up a little more: I had to rush myself just to make the gimp contest deadline).

Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (3)

Jonas ÷berg (19456) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867773)

The Debian Project History [] is good for general history of Debian. The name Debian though is a combination of the creators name, Ian Murdock, and his wife Debra.

Re:Not to be negative but... (1)

Tarnar (20289) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867774)

Well, while the Swirl that won wasn't THAT great, the DG (second placer) was v. cool.

Re:DreamCast Logo for Debian ? (1)

Anti-Sean (21722) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867775)

well, the DreamCast logo looks a heck of a lot like the Cinnabon logo :) wonder if Sega will ship cinnamon rolls out with the consoles...

Re:Debian vs Redhat (1)

guacamole (24270) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867776)

Ok, here you go.

RedHat 6.0 Debian 2.1
libc glibc2.1 glibc2.0
C Compiler Latest egcs gcc 2.7.3
kernel 2.2.x 2.0.x
XFree86 3.3.2
KDE1.1 Yes Yes, but has to be downloaded separately
GNOME 1.0 Yes Same as KDE

RedHat has newer software because Debian 2.1 was released a while ago and it was in freeze way too long I think. I myself prefer Debian because the whole system is very integrated, more stable, lots of packages, and the package manager just kicks ass.. And if you really need the latest software you can install Debian 2.2 (I know .. unstable... but it works great for my friends.) Debian is also easier to administered if you already have a half of clue about Linux.

Re:What is a "Debian" anyways? (1)

Real Timer (31368) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867779)

Wasn't this one of the aliens on the old classic
Star Trek series? One of the Klingons compares
Captain Kirk to a Debian slime devil, right before
the big bar brawl scene in the Trouble with Tribbles episode.

At least it's not a pengiun anymore (1)

Silex (34738) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867782)

No offense to anyone (e.g. Linus Trovalds) but the Pengiun doesn't really reflect the cutting-edge, high-tech image of Linux. Personally, I think almost ANYTHING is better than the pengiun. Especially that famous version of the Pengiun which Slashdot uses on the icon bar.

Personally, I think computer organizations have a real problem with names and logos. Redhat? What kind of name is that. Just because the founder's grandfather had given hima RED HAT, Redhat is almost synonymous for Linux. Sorry to say, that's a really bad reason to use a name. VA Research .. it's a little better ... but what's VA? The list goes on and on.

We need some kind of organization which simply works on Linux promotional media, such as slogans, logos, link buttons, 'Powered by Linux' graphics and so forth. Just because Linux is GPLed doesn't mean we shouldn't market it like crazy.

Re:Kinda looks like... (1)

corian (34925) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867783)

Of course, there's also the DreamCast logo.

Swirls are IN these days, ne?

Re:that's odd (1)

Foogle (35117) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867784)

Does the GPL extend to the logos as well? Are they free software? Can I change them to fit my needs?

Agreed - good logo! (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867786)

It's simple without being austere, it shows well in various color depths and sizes, it isn't a literal (which could be misconstrued just as many people are willfully misconstruing the swirl in this forum, if not even more badly), it's a little bit mysterious and intriguing.

That said, I should admit to liking the lucent ring and the sun diamond pretty well also. Coming up with a good logotype is hard work, and I think the Debian crew picked a good one.


so.. (2)

Josh Picker (44294) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867790)

if Debian has a new logo, why am i still looking at the same old one on my icon bar?


Re:Kinda looks like SYBASE (1)

seesik (45318) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867791)

it looks like the top half of a sybase logo. as for most of the other comparisons, you guys need to back up of the acid. 'cept for the monkey tail thing.



The ever-lovable gnulix guy... (0)

gnulix guy (48938) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867794)

...would like to say I don't much care for the winning logo, nor the other choices either. ;-(

(What's wrong with the Debian logo that is used for the SlashDot icon bar??)

Re:Thats Too bad (1)

lakdjfalkdj (49332) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867795)

I was thinking just a few seconds before I read the comments that Rob's logo actually looked pretty nice. So I found it ironic that you mentioned the same.

The logo that is now the offical seems nice. I actually have a nuteral position on the current one(and I'm a Debian user).

I read the other comments of others with their comments of that the Rob's logo is "just a name", but the thing is, is that Debian is "just a name" as well. It came about from from the Debian's creators names. It's not like MS Windows where they can put a picture of a Window for the Logo.

If you look at a lot of computer companies their logo's are really just their name, they don't have a picture of some animal or something with it. So honestly what's wrong with just saying "Debian" that looks really neat?

I think in the end, when someone is in a Store looking at an Operating System to buy they aren't going to go, "Hey look honey, this 'Debian' thing has this really neat swirl for this logo lets BUY it!" then the wife says, "Well hone, I think this thing with the Windows logo is better lets buy that!" Honestly, you don't buy software for their logo without any clue what it is in the first place so why make so much out of a logo in the first place? Rob's looks fine, I don't see anything wrong with it being "just a name".

- My 2 cents.

Re:Kinda looks like... (1)

MartinB (51897) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867796)

The Lucent logo is a perfect example of the Dilbert 'brown ring of success'-type logo, where you make a coffee ring, colour it a bit differently and run off giggling with the client's cheque.

This one's a bit better - I particularly like the OpenSource version.

Re:It's Spanish (1)

Tom Christiansen (54829) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867797)

Debían is in the past imperfect (incomplete) tense. I wonder whether this has any deeper significance. :-)

Debian Logo... (1)

"LEVIATHAN" (55018) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867799)

looking at it... I must admit, it really sux. The Debian logo slashdot has is sooo much better.

And yeah, it is reminicent of the Jini logo... :)

byebye! --"LEVIATHAN"

That stupid bird was their Logo!?!? (0)

Javert42 (55387) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867800)

Dang, I think that Debian logo used for the Slashdot topic is enormously better looking that bird-on-crack... At least 42 times better that that swirl. It looks like Lucent-on-acid... Excuse me, I just don't know why I keep on spewing out these drug phrases.... Anyway....hmmmmm....

Debian DreamCast (1)

MegaD (56793) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867802)

Who's idea was it for Debian to steal the Sega DreamCast logo?


Re:oh you fickle people :} (1)

init- (56866) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867804)

Yeah, new logo looks nice. Yet, it can't see what's wrong with the old one.

Thats Too bad (1)

Jakyll (94797) | more than 15 years ago | (#1867806)

Sadly the Logo Rob uses in the SLASHDOT header is the best I've seen. It's professional, powerful, and subtle. It says "This is Debian". The swirl says "Rub the lamp and an OS will appear!"
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