[Mageia-artwork] Did anyone check that...

Sebastian sebsebseb sebsebseb_mageia at gmx.com
Mon Mar 26 02:15:57 CEST 2012


I'll mention this on the artwork mailing list first, but I expect I can 
in the council meeting later as well:

I recently thought of it again, did anyone check that the chosen 
background, was really made by the person that submitted it? That it 
wasn't for example found on the Internet and then submitted for 
inclusion in Mageia? Or even taken from proprietary software that 
included the image?

Also how was it made? What program did they use to make it? I hope open 
source tools such as Gimp or Inkscape and not Photoshop for example.

The above doesn't just apply to the default background it apply's to all 
of the ones that have been chosen for inclusion in Mageia.  Not much 
good releasing Mageia 2 or a future release, and then finding out that a 
background or more than one that was included in the distribution, was 
made by not the person who Mageia people thought it was made by, but 
someone else, and that actually it breaks copyright for example.

It's also good to know how these backgrounds were made, and ideally they 
should be made using opensource/freesoftware, or maybe that should be a 
requirement even. Except for obviously just photos, since the camera 
makes those, but any editing can be done with open source tools.

We are meant to be a opensource/freesoftware Linux distribution and so 
are artwork should be made using opensource/freesoftware tools as well 
really for sure.

I don't think it's a good thing for Mageia to be in the kind of 
situation Ubuntu is in, where as far as I know a lot of their more 
recent artwork is made using Mac OS X and I think Photoshop as well. The 
Ubuntu font was made using Mac OS X for example.

For marketing Mageia to some people, saying that the artwork was made 
using only opensource/freesoftware tools and being able to prove it, 
would work out to be quite a good thing.

 From Sebastian sebsebseb

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