Do we need / want (or already have) a mascot for OpenPGP?

Bob (Robert) Cavanaugh robertc at
Mon Jul 8 06:34:37 CEST 2013

How about a lemur? They have masked varieties (and they are cute). Raccoon also comes to mind...

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From: Gnupg-users [mailto:gnupg-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Henry Hertz Hobbit
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Subject: Re: Do we need / want (or already have) a mascot for OpenPGP?

On 07/08/2013 01:07 AM, Werewolf wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 at 10:24:27AM +1000, Fraser Tweedale wrote:
>> How about an armadillo?
> Or a Masked armadillo?

There is no such critter.  There are naked-tailed, long-nosed,
and hairy Armadillos but no Masked Armadillo.  There is even a
Pink Fairy Armadillo (one of the rarer species of Armadillo).
What most people think of when you say Armadillo is the nine-
banded Armadillo which is Texas' small state animal which has
the widest range.

GnuPG already has an icon / emblem which you can see on the
GnuPG page which is a padlock with a wing on it.  I was one
of those privileged to be able to vote on the cempeting
designs.  I am sorry you missed out.

But I think the standard GNU mascot applies not only to
GnuPG but to all of the GNU projects such as gcc, g++, EMACS,
et al:

Until Werner, Richard Stallman and the other GNU people announce
a competition for a GnuPG mascot or say otherwise, the GNU is the
official GnuPG mascot.

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