Just an FYI concerning the beta artwork

Ian Weller ianweller at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 00:59:54 UTC 2009

On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 05:52:58PM -0700, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at gmail.com>
> > 
> > I hadn't seen anyone else bring this perspective up concerning the
> > wallpaper in the beta and I thought it deserved attention for your
> > consideration as a group.
> > 
> > https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-olpc-list/2009-March/msg00147.html
> > 
> > "Seems to me whoever chose the background that was introduced last
> > week did not consider that items with overtones of dissentious
> > subjects such as politics or religion might elicit emotional
> > reactions. I'm concerned that when my system prominently shows a
> > picture with a temple, that might be interpreted as "Mikus worships
> > paganism"
> > 
> > 
> > To my reckoning this is the first Fedora artwork that has had culture
> > specific elements in it, so this sort of issue might never have been
> > raised in prior discussions.  I don't know, I mostly lurk. But I'm
> > bringing it to your attention to make sure you see that reaction.
> I totally agree. I can't believe I didn't even think about this. We need to stop the presses, immediately. Shut down all Fedora yum repo mirrors, we must stop distributing this artwork immediately. I cannot believe we let something like this out, something so divisive and controversial. I assure you it won't happen again. You see, Fedora really has a big problem on its hands here, and I will personally make it my responsibility to rectify the situation:
> First up - this Paul Frields guy - who puts a guy named "Paul" in charge of something? "Paul" is one of the apostles of that Jesus guy, right? A saint at least. We can't have that. No siree. We cannot have any possible reference to any organized religion in our utopian operating system's leadership. We need someone like me in charge of Fedora. Máirín - sure it's the Gaelic diminutive of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus, but it's got ACCENT MARKS. That totally makes it okay. Effective immediately, we have to revoke Fedora version control access to anyone with a name that has religious roots. We've got to nip this in the bud.
> Stay safe!
I would like to take this moment to ask everyone to stop this thread
right here before it goes any more crazy/sarcastic/ballistic. Thanks!

Ian Weller <ianweller at gmail.com>                  http://ianweller.org
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