[Consortium] Call for a redesign of the Made in Linux Vol.1cover

Dan Easley daneasley at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 13:34:00 EST 2006

On 11/9/06, Ashton Snelgrove <asnel at vt.edu> wrote:
> Then again, look at some of the covers from rock bands. A lot of times
> they had a very revolutionary tone, often using images that were
> considered crude or offensive. Not that we need to be offensive.

Don't get me wrong - I love rock music.  But I'm not sure we should
take cues from rock bands on how to present ourselves.

> What we are doing with Linux audio is presenting both new and old ways
> of working with sound, using an alternative, revolutionary software
> ideal to counter the traditional software world. So it might as well be
> revolutionary. There really isn't a way of using a graphic to portray
> new software on a cd cover, but nothing represents Linux better than our
> little penguin.

Go back far enough, and one could argue we are the traditional
software world, regaining territory lost to revolutionaries (quickly
turned despotic) back in the early 80s.  Regardless, the argument
should probably be avoided entirely - we should be presenting
functionality, not philosophy - regardless of how much better ours is.
 Professionals will not want to hear that tools they've relied on for
years to earn their groceries and serve their clients/audience/society
are somehow wrong.  They'll instead want to hear what our tools make

Regarding portraying our tools, I'd prefer a screenshot over a penguin
- I'm not a fan of the penguin - reminds me of anthropomorphized paper
clips.  Just my (admittedly cantankerous) opinion.

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