Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jan 2014 23:59 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar

FreeBSD 10 has been released. You can read the release notes, and, of course, go ahead and install it.

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Doc Pain
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Sadly, this is absolutely true.

And it says a lot about people.

I don't want to hurt anyone's religious feelings, but why can't self-proclaimed "adult people" simply ignore things that are so totally unimportant and don't matter? For the choice of an operating system I don't even consider the project or corporate logos a second. They don't matter. What has the software to offer, will it fit my requirements - those are the important questions.

Seeing a red sphere with two spikes any yelling: "I'm haunted! The devil will eat my soul! I don't want to be a sinner!" is exceptionally immature and has, in my opinion, nothing to do with (educated and true) belief.

What's next? Interpreting the four squares of the new MICROS~1 logo as a swastika and yelling: "This is nazi software! I don't want to hurt jews when I install it!" Is this example exxagerated, policitally incorrect and disgusting? I think so. But I wanted to use an actual extreme construction of something that does not apply to show how futile such discussions are.

VM has a green teddy bear. "But bears aren't green, and I fear them! Also, they are common tools of child molesters, and I don't want to be considered one."

OpenVMS had a shark. "I hate sharks. They kill innocent people all the time. And they taste ugly. Also they are too expensive."

Go has a hamster. "Rodents are annoying. They eat your cables and lose their shit everywhere. I don't want to use a programming language that has shit in it."

Apple has an apple. "That's the fruit of sin! I will be doomed if I install Mac OS X or use an iPhone!"

Android has a robot. "Those robots are not to be trusted. They will soon turn against me and kill my family. I don't want to have a smartphone that kills people."

Python has snakes. "I just hate snakes! They are the animals of the devil, the worshippers of evil! I refuse to use any software product that uses this language because it makes me a sinner!"

Oracle has the word "ORACLE". "That's blasphemy! Only god can see the future! Oracles are impossible!"

Linux has a Penguin. "Penguins live on the north pole. It's cold there, I don't want to catch a flu."

KDE has a dragon. "Dragons do not exist! The lord didn't create them!"

Gnome has a footprint. "Feet are dirty. I don't want to have dirty software on my computer." (user continues to surf porn)

Sun had a logo of four S. "That's definitely a swastika, and it's two times the SS! That's not acceptable. Nobody should use that hardware or software because it carries the nazi spirit!"

Windows has a cross (or 4 squares): "A swastika. Definitely. Don't use it!"

Windows also has icons. "I will not click on any icon. Icons are prohibited for true believers."

PC keyboards have an "Alt" key. "I don't want to use this keyboard because I hate the association to the alcohol in Altbeer. Also I won't press Escape because it helps criminals to flee from jail. I also won't use FreeBSD jails because jails oppress innocent people."

PCs have a mouse. "I'm not going to touch that dirty rodent! They carry diseases and will infect me! I will die if I use it! Make it go away!"

I could go on with this for hours. :-)

FreeBSD doesn't fit your technical requirements? Don't use it. Feel uncomfortable with the logo? Ignore it. Billions of "adults" around the world are able to ignore things, even their own important matters, so why shouldn't that be possible with such a minor thing that doesn't matter?

However, I cannot get anyone to consider FreeBSD seriously when I make a proposal and a corporate officer visits the website and sees demon ears sticking out of a circle.

As I said, this tells a lot about corporate officers. Simply don't include the logo in your proposal. Instead, include the "clues" your target audience is expecting. Most "decision makers" react positively to green traffic lights, cost figures ($0), certificates, friendly big fonts, pie charts and arrows pointing upwards (representing growth). Use those instead. :-)

I also can't evangelize for it without losing followers on twitter, etc., and all because of the logo.

This tells a lot about your followers. Do you really need those? Aren't you maybe attributing value to them that doesn't really exist? (I don't know what business you are in and how much you actually depend on Twitter followers, so don't take this an offense.)

I can't imagine that such an unimportant thing like a stupid little logo should have such an impact.

Despite the insanity of it, people still judge things by what they can see.

Make sure they don't see the logo. Problem solved. (I have lots of FreeBSD installations and typically none of them shows the logo anywhere, not while booting, not in X, not in the documentation.)

And the first impression still counts to someone new to a product.

Does this stupidity still apply in higher levels of IT management or at the "technical front"? Where's the professionalism, knowledge and experience that customers and employees (rightfully) expect from those people? Maybe their wages should be used to re-educate them, it seems to be neccessary when what you describe is true and can be found in too many places.

Not everyone reads programming websites day in and day out and grasps the true wonder of FreeBSD.

What is a "programming website"? ;-)

However unfair this may be, some people still visit the website the ordinary way and see the logo and dismiss FreeBSD from further consideration.

I'm not sure if I should say it that way, but let me try it: Those people, lost to FreeBSD, are people well lost. See examples above. :-)

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