Re: [Devel] We do need a "mascot"
On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 23:18, Kermit Jones wrote:
> I'm not trying to be rude or offensive or anything, and I'm all for
> heritage, but it seems that tux is a bit more universal. I love eating
> a kobold as much as the next @, even if it is somtimes poisioned and
> makes me sit. But Tux is tux. Unique mascots are great, but Add a grad
> cap, blackboard in the background, teacher's pointer stick and sit him
> on a book and you have a Tux that says "Linux" and props that say
It's the trivial choice, and would be recognised globally.
> A Kobold doesn't mean much to people outside of Europe.
> Not many will "get it."
...outside Europe. But Europe is where Skolelinux arose,
and that heritage will most likely show off. Localisation
was Skolelinux' primary reason to exist. A "global" image
may be a little hard to localise properly.
> Now don't get me wrong, I think Skole is great. I'm even considering
> registering www.SchoolLinux.org for American complimentary site for
> the sake of unification and the similar goals.
So far, "Skolelinux" has worked nicely because the spelling
is recognisable. Some think we should leave it at that, and
make it a trademark with logo and all. Keeping _one_ spelling
would make it clear that it is _one_ project.
On the other hand, with reasonably flexible logo design,
localising the name and logo should be doable. The Finns
have translated it.
> But I'm also trying to look way down the road. Take this to the
> world, so to speak. "Teacher Tux" just seems a bit better.
For global recognition, yes. But maybe we're better served
having well accepted regional mascots. The mascots may need
som l10n, too.