March 2nd, 2005, 04:54
"The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce a public competition to
design a new Project logo. Entry to the competition is open to all

The rules of the competition are included below.

We look forward to receiving many varied logo designs from all
over the world!

Jun Kuriyama <>, on behalf of
The FreeBSD Core Team <>.

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* What is the FreeBSD Project?

The FreeBSD Project provides a free UNIX-like operating system for the
Intel-compatible, Alpha, and SPARC platforms, based on the
industry-standard Berkeley Software Distribution. The FreeBSD Project
includes several thousand developers from dozens of countries around
the world, who funnel their work through a team of several hundred
committers. FreeBSD is available for no cost on the Internet, and as a
shrink-wrap product through many different retail vendors, listed at For more information, please visit
FreeBSD on the Web at

(UNIX is a trademark of The Open Group).

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.

FreeBSD is derived from historical BSD, the version of UNIX(tm)
developed at the University of California, Berkeley. FreeBSD is used
as a base for Apple's Mac OS X, countless high profile web servers and
backbone routers in the Internet. FreeBSD is available free of
charge, and comes with full source code and a liberal license.

* History

Historically, BSD-based operating systems including FreeBSD have used
a daemon character, sometimes known as Beastie, as a mascot [1] and
combined it with the text "FreeBSD" as an informal logo. However,
FreeBSD needs a formal logo for several reasons:

* The Beastie mascot is not unique to FreeBSD. Instead it is
a mascot for the entire collection of BSD-based operating
systems including 4BSD, NetBSD, and FreeBSD.

* The Beastie mascot has been combined with the text "FreeBSD"
in several different ways. While the various combinations
are nice, the lack of a consistent logo leaves an
unprofessional impression.

* The current informal logos generally do not work well in
two or three colors (such as black and white) or when scaled
to small or large sizes. These requirements are important
for use in the press.

Thus, the core team has decided to call for a new logo design which is
identifiable, can be used on professional products, and is very cool :-)
Please note that the new logo will not replace the existing mascot.
Beastie is here to stay as our mascot.


* Rules

The main logo symbol for the FreeBSD Project, which will be
used for the web site, software media labels, printed matter,
hardware equipment and so on. This list is not exhaustive.

* The logo must be identifiable directly to the Project.
* The logo must be original work of the submitter.
* The logo should be vector graphics, not a bitmap image.
* The logo should be usable in monochrome and color media,
including limited colors (say 2 or 3 colors).
* The logo must not exploit or offend anyone's sex, race,
religion, morality, culture, nor be salacious or
* The logo must work well with the Beastie mascot so that
people are free to put the two images together when
* The logo should convey attributes of the FreeBSD operating
system such as high performance (i.e. fast), reliability,

Submission deadline
31 May 2005 23:59:59 (UTC)

The competition is open to all designers, both professional
and non-professional. Participation can only take place in a
private personal capacity.


Submission format
Each submission should include the following information and
should be sent to <>:

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

Copyright assignment
The FreeBSD Foundation will acquire 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.
* Any submissions which does not satisfy the above "submission
format" will be ignored without any warning.

Latest information

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

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