Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 09:00:00 -0700

Grant Edwards <> wrote:
>Somebody has done nice B/W postscript and grey/dithered postscript versions
>of the penguin at

That "somebody" is the author of the original penguin, and the B/W and gray and dithered versions were _always_ there. Let me just quote from the "logo.txt" file that comes with the kernel sources:

   This is the full-colour version of the currently unofficial Linux logo ("currently unofficial" just means that there has been no paperwork and that I haven't really announced it yet).  It was created by Larry Ewing, and is freely usable as long as you acknowledge Larry as the original artist.

   Note that there are black-and-white versions of this available that scale down to smaller sizes and are better for letterheads or whatever you want to use it for: for the full range of logos take a look at Larry's web-page:


It looks like all the penguin-haters in this discussion haven't even _looked_ at the penguin? There are several versions of it, and I only made the full-colour version available in the kernel sources because I felt that that is the one best used for web-pages etc, and that if somebody wants to do letter-heads he is also willing to take the 2 minutes to download the black-and-white postscript outline version.

Believe me, I _knew_ people would like a version that scales down.  The penguin _does_ scale down.  But if you think that a logo has to be black-and-white and simple, you're living in the past: printing technology has come a _long_ way, and web-serving is starting to be a rather important forum for commercial ventures.

Logo's no longer have to be simple (face it: logo's are traditionally simple because they HAD to be simple for technical reasons, but that is no longer necessarily true). Having a cute and colourful logo can be a _advantage_, especially on the web..

In short, at least give the penguin a fair viewing. If you still don't like it, that's ok: that's why I'm boss. I simply know better than you do.

                Linus "what, me arrogant?" Torvalds