Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

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Does Mint need a mascot of some kind?

Poll ended at Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:19 pm

Yes, definitely
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31%
No, mascots are dumb
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52%
I don't care
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Total votes: 29

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Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by MintBean » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:19 pm

You know the kind of thing, a cuddly, furry mint leaf with a big smiley face and a superfluous back-story.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Jedinovice » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:34 pm

Tricky because I have actually argued against the idea in the appropriate thread. But, because I like anime characters and actually would LOVE a cute anime type char (not so keen on furry :? ) if she has charm and ended up as developed as Hatsune Miku has been.

I don't think it will happen but since I'm dreaming...

...a character like maybe Rikka - cute but with character and can carry a story.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by IUseLinucCusIsFree » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:01 pm

Well linux mint needs a mascot. Reasons? Well linux mint is meant to be user friendly distribution. In fact linux mint can get popularity from many groups of people. Even these, who are not IT types. And this is about who we are talking.

But mint must show itself is a distro for almost everyone. And nothing gets enought attention from "normal people" than well designed mascot. We can just show logo, or green colors but it wont be appealing than an interesting mascot.

Of course mascot must look friendly, being cute is not important but mascot for mint must look friendly as much as mint. Something what can be connected to mint. You see mascot pic can wander around internet, someone will be interested in mascot, then he will try to find what this mascot is and then he will find out this is mascot representing linux mint and at this moment user will be interested with OS itself.


Tux with mint leaves is a bad idea, it will be more related with club penguin.

Well cute girl is not bad idea at all, we all know cute girls look very friendly.

Well on devianarts sometimes you can find nice mascot projects
https://orig00.deviantart.net/a0a5/f/20 ... 97c0g2.jpg
Maybe something like that, not "lewd" but more elegant.

Elegant friendly mascot will take some attention.

We need to target non IT people because they are majority of people, and group not taken yet by other distros. And mascot is more for them not for people who are already interested in any linux.

Also linux mint can get money by selling plushies.

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by minitux » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:54 pm

not for me

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Moem » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:12 pm

I'm not at all interested in having a 'cute girl' for a mascot. Especially not one of those creepy oversexualized childwomen with too-big eyes. I would very much dislike my favorite distro represented by one of those.

I would be fine with Mint being represented with a cute animal or sassy Mint leaf or what have you. I'm not sure it's useful in any way, but I don't mind.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by karlchen » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:26 pm

Mascots are dumb; especially if they come along as mangas. :evil:
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by jimallyn » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:27 pm

Moem wrote:I'm not at all interested in having a 'cute girl' for a mascot. Especially not one of those creepy oversexualized childwomen with too-big eyes. I would very much dislike my favorite distro represented by one of those.

I would be fine with Mint being represented with a cute animal or sassy Mint leaf or what have you. I'm not sure it's useful in any way, but I don't mind.
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I have no interest in that anime stuff. I had to google for 'manga' and I have no interest in that either.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Neil Edmond » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:32 pm

Nope!

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by MintBean » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:36 pm

IUseLinucCusIsFree wrote:And nothing gets enought attention from "normal people" than well designed mascot. We can just show logo, or green colors but it wont be appealing than an interesting mascot
You're making assertions but I'm highly doubtful they reflect reality.

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by catweazel » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:48 pm

MintBean wrote:
IUseLinucCusIsFree wrote:And nothing gets enought attention from "normal people" than well designed mascot. We can just show logo, or green colors but it wont be appealing than an interesting mascot
You're making assertions but I'm highly doubtful they reflect reality.
He or she seems to be missing the point about the mint leaf.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Jaydemir » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:20 pm

How about that MS office paperclip? He isn't doing anything these days. If the Verizon guy can switch to Sprint than anything is possible eh?

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by MintBean » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:23 am

Jaydemir wrote:How about that MS office paperclip? He isn't doing anything these days. If the Verizon guy can switch to Sprint than anything is possible eh?
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Pjotr » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:32 am

As all Linux Mint versions get girl names, I wouldn't mind a beautiful girl with green hair as mascot. :mrgreen:

Maybe something along these lines:
https://previews.123rf.com/images/gyzel ... -woman.jpg

But I don't really care.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by catweazel » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:35 am

Pjotr wrote: Maybe something along these lines:
https://previews.123rf.com/images/gyzel ... -woman.jpg
Or these...
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by Pjotr » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:49 am

catweazel wrote:
Pjotr wrote: Maybe something along these lines:
https://previews.123rf.com/images/gyzel ... -woman.jpg
Or these...
Nah, I prefer a woman:
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by BG405 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:20 pm

It's not an easy challenge making something which will appeal to the majority of users but I think that something nice may help people identify with Mint. Not sure how much (if any) extra attention it'd get us but it can't hurt to try.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by linux-dummie » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:28 pm

I voted No---but only because the Energizer Bunny was already taken years ago.

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by MintBean » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:32 pm

BG405 wrote:Not sure how much (if any) extra attention it'd get us but it can't hurt to try.
Of course it can hurt - it can make Mint look amateur hour leading potential users to try competing systems instead.

So that's it folks- mascots are officially dumb! :D

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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by catweazel » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:40 am

BG405 wrote:it can't hurt to try.
Pffft.
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Re: Should Linux Mint have a Mascot?

Post by BG405 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:11 am

To be honest I'm actually on the fence on this one, thought it might be interesting to see what designs people might come up with. Voted "yes" because it might result in some good ideas. :mrgreen:
(Might just result in a load of cobblers, though).

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