Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tuz, the new Linux mascot

Without bringing in too much alarms about news from Linux world, or to attract too much noise from the "hankering" Linux fans, I think it's fair enough to let you know a little about the new mascot Linux: Tuz.

Ladies & gents meet Tazzie Tux, or in short called as Tuz, the mascot for January's Linux conference in Australia, which was held in Tasmania and where the show's annual charity auction was dedicated to raising funds to research devil facial tumor disease (DFTD).

Tazmanian Devil; the meat-eating marsupial that can only be found in the Tasmania-Australia currently faces extinction by a transmittable face cancer disease, the Linux kernel team is trying to bring awareness to the animal's plight. After the conference, the Linux creator Linus Torvalds decided to insert Tuz image into the kernel.

Jonathan Corbet, a Linux kernel contributor, wrote this on his Linux Foundation blog: "There are a lot of reasons why developers create open source software. Beyond the fact that it's simply fun, many of us are motivated by a desire to make the world a better place. The strong support in the development community for causes like the Tasmanian devil shows that this desire to improve the world goes beyond the creation of great, free software. It's something we can all be proud of."

Sources are from PC World & Wikipedia.

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