2010-05-18 3 Comments
It all makes perfect sense, I swear:
Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of Ubuntu/Canonical. Additional software packages for Ubuntu are organized in Universe and Multiverse. The packagers are called Masters of the Universe (MOTU), referencing an 80ies toy line / animated series, with a hero known as He-Man. So this led to the idea of He-Mark.
The UDS-M video interview might be the best reference, if you can’t compare with the real Mark.
He-Man rides on Battlecat, a beast resembling a tiger. The mascot for 10.04 is a Lynx, so my version of Battlecat had to have characteristic ears, a short tail and dots. Battlecat’s helmet has a beak … as have penguins, so I had a color scheme for the armor. Aubergine is the new color for Canonical and the business-oriented aspects of Ubuntu.
The 9.10 release still had the brown (and orange) look and a Koala as mascot. The arch-enemy of He-Man is Skeletor. Ever had a look at the skeleton of a Koala? Well, I borrowed elsewhere. Darth Koala was born.
The small fellows represent the community, of course.