FreeBSD Logo Change!

Posted by Dogma on Feb 9, 2005 7:13 AM EDT; By Jun Kuriyama
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Unfortunately, the cute FreeBSD daemon is sometimes treated with misunderstanding in the religious and cultural context. That's why The FreeBSD Project is announcing a public competition for the new logo design.

The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce a public competition to design a new Project logo. Entry to the competition is open to all individuals.

The rules of the competition are included below.

We are looking forward to receive many varied logo designs from all over the world!

What is the FreeBSD Project?

The FreeBSD Project is a team of individuals from all corners of the globe who volunteer time and expertise to develop the FreeBSD operating system.

The FreeBSD operating system (FreeBSD) is the operating system for PCs which is derived historical BSD, the version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkeley. FreeBSD is used as a base for Apple's Mac OS X, famous Web servers and backbone routers in the Internet. FreeBSD is available free of charge, and comes with full source code and liberal license.


Historically, the FreeBSD Project have used a characterized daemon as a mascot, and displayed it on our web site with the text "FreeBSD" as our logo. This character sometimes treated with misinterpreted in the religious and cultural context.

And this daemon character seems cute from somebody's point of view, but somebody may think which does not suit for the professional products to indicate that are using the FreeBSD inside.

So, we decide to call for a new logo design which is identifiable as the Project's logo, can be used on the professional products, and is very cool :-)


Purpose:The main logo symbol for the FreeBSD Project, which will be used for web site, software media label, printed matter, hardware equipment and so on, but not limited to them.

Guidance:The logo must be identifiable as the Project. * The logo must be original work of the submitter. * The logo should be vector graphics, not bitmap image. * The logo should be usable in monochrome and color media. * The logo must not exploit or offend a person's sex, race, religion, morality, culture , nor be salacious or pornographic.

Submission deadline:30 April 2005 23:59:59 (UTC)

Participation:All designers including professional and non-professional. Participation can only take place in a private personal capacity.


Submission format:Each submissions should include these information and should send to

* High resolution print-ready scalable vector format such as portable EPS, SVG or Adobe Illustrator AI. * JPEG or PNG thumbnail within 640 x 480. * Design concept / description. * Submitter's full name, email address.

Copyright assignment:

The FreeBSD Foundation will acquires ownership of the winning logo by assignment of copyright, and the winning designer will disclaim any trademarks and without limitation all other rights related to the design (paperwork will be required).

By submitting a logo for entry in the competition, the designer acknowledges that he/she is the person that made the logo and is its rightful owner.

The designer also certifies that the logo does not infringe upon the rights of any third party and that it does not violate any copyright.


* Designs will not be returned to the designers. * No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged.

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If you have a question about this competition, please drop us a note at the email address. We'll put questions and answers in the site above.

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Bye bye demon! What?? cjcox 19 3,284 Feb 18, 2005 11:57 AM
I think that leaves them with an oval in pastel colours AnonymousCoward 0 1,099 Feb 9, 2005 3:42 PM

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