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Hi list, :-)

I'm really happy to have started up the contact with Ubuntu Artwork,
and very grateful for the kind and positive response from John Baer,
Shane Fagan and others.

@TDF guys: I'd like to make one last plea for my idea of a logo/mascot
competition (if you have clear arguments against it, I'll drop the
subject). IMHO, the advantages of organizing a competition are this:

1) By sourcing ideas from the world at large, we can accumulate a
large range of choices. It worked for OOo's Otto the seagull, it can
work for us. From the little contact-building I've been doing, I can
feel there's a large number of artists that would respond. We could
really develop some superb branding.

2) It would be a good opportunity for publicizing the TDF/LibO
project. I have lots of ideas and energy for this, and I'm sure we can
get the Web buzzing about us again. It could be developed into a
superb marketing opportunity.

3) We can certainly attract quite a few new contributors to the LibO
project, in artwork/marketing and in other areas. And we can
demonstrate our commitment to openness, community-building and

4) We can capitalize on the contact we've made with Ubuntu Artwork; if
they're willing, they can "foster" us in this to some extent, and LibO
participants can learn and develop a lot of good workflow methods and
practices from an experienced and successful "big brother" project. It
will also develop and strengthen this new relationship.

5) By doing this in some kind of "association" (to be defined) with
Ubuntu, there can be beneficial publicity for both projects. And for
the FOSS world in general. FOSS projects need to work together, and we
need to breakdown some of the "ideology" splits and barriers that have
been such a negative brake to widespread adoption and development of
FOSS. This is a good way to promote that kind of positive thinking. We
can work the Inkscape and Gimp projects into this. *Everyone* comes
out a winner.

@Christoph/Florian: could we set-up a wiki page for this? I'd could
organize and develop the concept. We can draft rules and requirements.
As a spin-off benefit, we can develop formal specifications for
exactly what artwork we need. We can accumulate a list of means of
publicizing the competition, etc. It would be a great way to start
concretely learning from John and the Ubuntu guys.

OK, I'm ready to listen to all ideas against this. :-)
But I'm really hoping this is going to fire your imaginations, the way
it does mine. ;-)

David Nelson

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