View Full Version : Release Song/Cartoon

December 2nd, 2007, 08:11 PM
Although I use Ubuntu, I do occasionally check out OpenBSD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenBSD) to see what's up every so often. I'm a big fan of the security model and the strong advocacy of open source that Theo de Raddt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_de_Raddt) has.

They have a release every six months, just like Ubuntu, but they also release artwork (a short comic) and a song with every release. I knew about this for quite some time but I never bothered to look at it, thinking that it would be some cheesy thing like Stallman's Free Software Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5eLn1QMJS0). Well, I was bored today (using the computer to distract myself from writing an essay for English because I procrastinate like that) and it seemed like a slow news day (which I usually read when I'm bored) and the idea of checking out the OpenBSD song just popped into my head. Some of them weren't that good, but the most recent one for the 4.2 release (Nov 1, 2007) was quite good; especially the lyrics.


The music was well done and my favorite part of the song is...

The window is a wall by now
A sieve of sickened holes
The water chicken stealing maps
Mistaking us for foes

The sun a son of Icarus
Flies too close to itself
Forbidden fruit is blinded
by the toys upon the shelf

I had to look up that part on Icarus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus), but in case you don't know Icarus was a character in Greek mythology whose father had made him a set of wings from feathers and wax. His father told him not to fly too close to the sun or the wax would melt and he would fall into the sea. Over time however, the expression had been misused and thus people use the saying "son of Icarus" when in truth, Icarus was the son himself and he had no children. The expression (though technically incorrect, but better known) refers to the son not listening to his father's advice. As for the other references, I think you can figure out what they correspond to. I just thought that this part of the lyrics were very clever and the comic along with it is neat too. I really love art that makes you think for a while about its meaning; it's the best kind in my opinion.

I'm not artistic (more of a programmer and technical person) but I think it would be super awesome to see a comic and/or song with each Ubuntu release. Perhaps something that involves the animal it is named after as well as a reference to a feature in the new release (like Hardy Heron would be about a bird and something in their about stability since it is an LTS). Possibly other characters (like the Firefox) could appear every so often.

I think it would be pretty groovy.

Update: I also just noticed that the name of the song "100001 1010101" is a shorthand form of "00100001 01010101" (with the prefixed zeros) which when converted to ASCII reads out "!U" which means "not you", as in, OpenBSD saying to the others, it's "not you" who promotes freedom.

December 2nd, 2007, 11:17 PM
One reason I like Ubuntu so much is because they aren't adversarial, even with Bug #1 ... Ubuntu's is a spirit of sharing and helping others, and is less about who's doing more to help with what than it is about being cheerful and friendly and doing the best that you can.

Full Circle Magazine, for instance, has in its publishing guidelines: (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuMagazine/Style)

We want to cultivate a friendly tone for the magazine. In the spirit of the Ubuntu community, try not to be negative towards ideas or organizations that you may not agree with. No Microsoft (or any other OS, for that matter) bashing, digital rights management ranting, or political commentary will be tolerated unless they are made with exceptional care, fairness and good taste.

I suppose I can understand that the BSD community feels kind of cheated sometimes, but then, so are we in the Linux community, by different people at different times. Some people like to focus on that ... but personally, I find the Ubuntu forums to be a breath of fresh air.

As for the idea of doing our own cartoons ... why not? I think it'd be a fun project. ^.^ Not sure who we'd get to do it, though ...

December 2nd, 2007, 11:24 PM
Not quite a cartoon, but it'd be nice if each Ubuntu release contained a wallpaper that is related to the animal the release is named after (not as default, but included in the installation). I just saw this elegant one (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/Fela_Kuti) for Hardy Heron.

December 3rd, 2007, 12:08 AM
Wow! +1 for the heron picture.
Just no anime. Please no anime. What the hell is with anime and linux users :-) ?

Tundro Walker
December 3rd, 2007, 03:08 AM
+1 for the animal-themed wallpaper. It's professional, but stylish.

A while back, I did a google search at work for ubuntu animal mascot pictures. I wanted a screensaver to show the different ones. Didn't come back with much.

I'd think the distro animals would generate more mascot art than there is.

December 4th, 2007, 07:59 PM
We should have a group music project, that would be cool.