The Debian project is in the process of looking for a new logo.
Currently Debian has a semi-official logo, which can be seen at
As a majority of Debian developers are not happy with the current
logo, we are searching for a new logo to replace the current one
using a GIMP logo contest. Submission information and other details
are available at <<a
Debian would like to have two logos: one logo with a very
liberal license that everyone is free to use (for example on
webpages, shirts, etc.), and a more official logo with a restricted
license which can only be used on official Debian items (like CD’s
produced from the official ISO-images). Please note both license
are not finished yet.
Of course it is important to determine what exactly constitutes
a logo. The logo should meet the following criteria:
* it must be easily recognizable as the Debian logo
* it should not be Linux specific
* it must look good in black & white
* it must be scalable
* it should not be too detailed, so it works in low resolution
* works both with and without text at the bottom (can be ignored if
the text `Debian’ is part of the logo)
Each submission should consist of 2 logos for the reasons
explained above. Details on submissions can be found on the GIMP
contest homepage at <<a
The winning logo will be decided on by the Debian developers.
Since there are a lot of active developers it may take as long as
3-4 weeks after the end of the contest to decide who the winner
The winner will be awarded an email-address at debian.org, a
CD-set with Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 for the architecture of his/her
choice (Alpha, i386, m68k, or Sparc) and ever-lasting fame for
creating the Debian logo-set.
The Debian project is an organization of many users who volunteer
their time and effort. One of its tasks is to maintain and update
Debian GNU/Linux which is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux
operating system. Other Debian projects include the development of
the Debian GNU/Hurd operating system.
Linux kernel based operating systems are POSIX based, freely
distributable, and includes features such as true multitasking,
virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, proper memory
management, TCP/IP networking, and other features consistent with
Unix-type systems. It is used by individuals and organizations
GNU Hurd provides architecture-independent services normally
found in Unix kernels. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run
on top of a microkernel to implement file systems, network
protocols, file access control, and other features. Hurd currently
runs on the GNU Mach microkernel.