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Use Tux icon for identify GNU/Linux available gamescomplete

Added byjourneyman's avatarjourneyman

Actually the icon used to identify those games that runs on GNU/Linux is the Ubuntu icon, which references only one distribution. As the support for this platform includes also agnostic tarballs it would be better to use the general Tux logo.

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Rixasha
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Noticed only now that this was done. Nice.

Jan. 14, 2015
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Swiftpaw
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Thanks so much! This will help unify Linux and Linux standards, bring brand recognition to Tux and Linux and avoid confusing gamers, and push cross-device gaming support!

http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/2fh3y7/gog_now_showing_linux_support_instead_of_ubuntu/

Sep. 4, 2014
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shmerl
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GreatEmerald: It's called Tux Crystal. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux#Media

I personally like the original more, but I'm OK with this one. It's probably also better scalable to such small size.

Aug. 30, 2014
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edoantonioco
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Looks better

Aug. 30, 2014
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GreatEmerald
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Interesting, but the penguin used is not really the kernel's Tux, but rather some random artistic interpretation of a penguin...

Aug. 29, 2014
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phlum
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Lookin' good.

Aug. 28, 2014
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RadonGOG
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Simple and NICE!

Aug. 27, 2014
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pbaggers
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Thank you GOG. I just love that fat penguin that's sitting on his ass and staring into your soul. If only Mac OS still had that cute happy mac logo.

Aug. 27, 2014
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shmerl
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It's completed, but there is still a bug in the game card when you open it in the shelf view. The icon is simply missing there.

Aug. 27, 2014
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mdoko
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I'd rather see GNU icon, but would settle for Tux.

Aug. 22, 2014
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BillyMaysFan59
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Yay! In progress! :D

Aug. 21, 2014
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rtcvb32
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Is it just me or does the current Linux penguin look like he's on his side and if you aren't paying attention it looks suspiciously like the steam logo?

Aug. 19, 2014
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Ragnarblackmane
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Can it be Tux as a Chaos Space Marine? Or Darth Vader? I'd support that.

Aug. 19, 2014
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Adrien2002
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Will you use "VISTA" as Windows icon ? NO, so Why use the "VISTA distribution of all Linux" to represent Linux when the official icon is a penguin ?

Aug. 13, 2014
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HumbleLinux
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Use Tux, this icon is bad and I couln't even recognize it.

Aug. 8, 2014
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DCT
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Let's pray that GOG sees the light and decides to use Tux,

Distro 23:19

Our OS, who art in CPU,
LINUX be thy name,
Thy programs run,
Thy syscalls done,
In User,
As it is in Kernel.

Sorry couldn't resist using that joke.. but I agree Tux is a more recognized logo for Linux then whatever GOG is using.

Aug. 8, 2014
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Red_Frog
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Any time I see Tux I think of free clones of crappy games, like Frozen Bubble. I say they use something like a RMS emoticon. http://i62.tinypic.com/2yn5eom.png

Aug. 4, 2014
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tailsy64
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I don't use Linux anymore, but as someone who has used Linux in the past, I am all in favor for Tux as the icon!

Aug. 4, 2014
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nstgc
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To reiterate what was said elsewhere Ubuntu != Linux. Ubuntu is a distro. Its not even the most popular one (I believe Mint is). If you took all Linux ditro usage, the Ubuntu based distro's wouldn't even make up half of all end-user usage. So yeah, please change the logo.

Aug. 4, 2014
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al_jizzeera
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i'm for a new linux logo altogether...that pinguin annoys the pants off me

Aug. 4, 2014
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shmerl
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If you zoom it in, you'll see that it's not a triangle, but 5 circles in on big circle:

https://i.imgur.com/fs1ZaKE.png


Surely not Ubuntu logo:

http://design.ubuntu.com/brand/ubuntu-logo

Aug. 1, 2014
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shmerl
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Yes, it's surely some custom logo which looks more like a molecule symbol.

Aug. 1, 2014
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ssokolow
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The icon they currently use isn't even the Ubuntu logo. The Ubuntu logo is a big, hollow CIRCLE, cut into three parts, with a dot centered on the outer edge of each slice. (Representing three people holding hands)

GOG is using a TRIANGLE with dots at the corners that gives the illusion that one of the sides bends INward.

Aug. 1, 2014
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phlum
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To me, the current icon for Linux looks more like the "share this" icon used on many websites.

Aug. 1, 2014
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rastergraphic
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Yeah. While I get that you guys were shooting for Ubuntu and Mint (which is Ubuntu based) compatibility the most, it seems kind of weird to use that insignia specifically when referring to Linux as a whole. It's no deal breaker, but it just makes more sense to use Tux. Even Valve uses Tux, and they have their own distro.

Jul. 31, 2014
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porkchorp
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Just use Tux like humble store does.

Jul. 30, 2014
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alxpt
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I hadn't realize until now that it was the ubuntu icon gog was using, what an odd choice. Why choose a specific distro to represent linux?

Jul. 29, 2014
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aranud87
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Linux is not Ubuntu.
Yes for Tux icon !

Jul. 29, 2014
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binvoid
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For me it's strange solution to use Ubuntu logo. "Linux Games" should use Linux mascot Tux to identify Linux games and not distribution specific icon in my opinion.

Jul. 28, 2014
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Apopas
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I agree for the Tux. The current icon looks very odd to the Linux folks.

Jul. 27, 2014
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shmerl
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@Adrien2002.565: GOG will realize that, I'm sure. But like any work, it has to be scheduled and etc. I'm sure GOG site designers have more than one thing to do.

Jul. 26, 2014
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Adrien2002
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How many Linux players is there to have a chance to have enough vote to be heard by GoG ?? Whatever Linux players will ask, it will never be made because we are not enough Linux players :(

Jul. 26, 2014
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archy2
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"1) Steam uses Tux (note that they also support only Ubuntu and their own SteamOS);
2) Desura uses Tux;
3) Fairly popular HumbleBundle uses Tux. "

QFT

Jul. 26, 2014
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archy2
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Yeah the Ubuntu icon they use now is difficult to recognize, especially at small sizes.

A tux icon would be instantly recognizable as "Linux support".

Jul. 26, 2014
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king_mosiah
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No Tux no bucks!

Jul. 26, 2014
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Gadzinisko
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Seconded and thirded.

There is more to Linux than Ubuntu. And I've already seen from Arch user that for him some game worked, to which an Ubuntu user responded that for him it didn't.

Jul. 26, 2014
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nicereddy
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@HiPhish I made the Tux SVG for the PCGamingWiki, and linked it as a basis. Obviously the SVG wouldn't just be used as-is, it would need to be pixel-aligned and have some details removed first.

I just wanted to provide the GOG guys with a quick starting point, not a usable icon.

Jul. 26, 2014
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HiPhish
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@shmerl:

I have seen your mock-up, it looks like Mr Zucchini Head from Family Guy (google-image or youtube it). Really not what you'll want to use.

Jul. 26, 2014
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boltronics
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Yes. Calling it GNU/Linux and using the Tux icon is absolutely the correct thing to do.

If the Hurd gained momentum and GOG released builds for it, then the GNU logo would be appropriate for that new OS category.

Having the Tux logo when you only support two distributions is quite logical. After all, you've got the Windows logo and you don't support every Windows version. You specify what distributions and versions you support and that's all you need to do.

Jul. 25, 2014
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realkman666
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A no-brainer.

Jul. 25, 2014
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pseudonymous
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It should be the original Ubuntu logo. The one with the naked people. I could support that.

Jul. 25, 2014
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DrunkYardKeeper
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journeyman and others. Linux is just a kernel. GNU logo is not well known just 'cause of one thing - nobody from non-free vendors is using it. If GOG will use it first, it'll be a precident. Also, to show diff between GNU/Linux and GNU/Hurd or GNU/kFreeBSD it must be a doubled logo GNULogo/LinuxLogo https://livrelinux.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/gnu-linux.jpg

Jul. 25, 2014
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shmerl
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@HiPhish: See example below. It's quite recognizable:
http://i5.minus.com/iN6RU97IVO6uz.png

Jul. 25, 2014
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HiPhish
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The problem with Tux is that he's too detailed for an icon that's supposed to be 12 x 12 pixels large. Sure, that SVG from PC Gaming Wiki look really nice when it's large, but try to reduce it to 12 x 12 pixels and it will be unrecognisable. Vector graphics are great, but at a certain point you can't downscale them reasonably anymore.

I agree with everyone that the "Unbuntu" icon is inappropriate, but it's not GOG's fault that Linux has no real icon. Tux is nice as a *mascot*, but an *icon* needs to be simplistic. Windows has the four tiles, OS X has the apple  or the letter "X", but Linux has nothing.

This looks to me like a problem the "Linux guys" need to solve first.

Jul. 25, 2014
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Matruchus
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Drop the GNU addition. GNU/Linux is known widely only as Linux. It just throws people away from Linux when we insist on such unimportant stuff.

Otherweise voted for Tux standard Linux sign.

Jul. 25, 2014
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jalister
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Nobody I know would recognize the GNU logo. Many of them wouldn't even know the Ubuntu logo. Just about anyone I know would recognize the Tux logo as Linux. My work shirt has the Tux logo on it.

Jul. 25, 2014
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journeyman
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@DrunkYardKeeper : I'd say no to the GNU logo for a couple of reasons, first it not identify the system (HURD proceeds albeit very slowly), and secondary I think RMS would let himself boiled before seeing GNU logo in a store that dares to sell propietary software...

@ShivaSi : Well saying that Tux should be associated with everthing *nix (a string that identifies a heritage from Unix) is plain wrong: aside from the "what if tomorrow gog start suporting FreeBSD" scenario you'll get Mac users pretty pissed if they see the Tux icon instead of the Apple icon (as MacOS X is pretty much *nix itself as Darwin is based heavly on FreeBSD)

Jul. 25, 2014
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zerothis
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Use Tux if it's Linux. DOSBox and WINE games should use their own Logos.

Jul. 25, 2014
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matthewrussell
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Yep. Pretty much everyone else uses Tux for generic Linux support. I don't use Ubuntu. I realise you provide deb packages for Ubuntu (and Debian?) but I see you also provide tarballs, so a generic icon makes more sense

Jul. 25, 2014
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