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BSD Daemon, aka "Beastie"
BSD Daemon, aka "Beastie"

BSD Daemon is the BSD operating system's mascot, named after a daemon, a type of software program common on Unix-like operating systems, but taking the (albeit less arcane) shape of the classic mythical demon. Although a Walnut Creek advertiser wrongly named it "Chuck," perhaps because of its shoes, and some call it "beastie," a phonetic pronunciation of BSD (BeeS Dee), the daemon's proper name is just "BSD Daemon". It usually carries a trident to symbolize the daemon's forking of processes. Image File history File links BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick. ... Image File history File links BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick. ... BSD redirects here; for other uses see BSD (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Maintenance OS be merged into this article or section. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... In Unix and other computer multitasking operating systems, a daemon is a computer program that runs in the background, rather than under the direct control of a user; they are usually instantiated as processes. ... Diagram of the relationships between several Unix-like systems A Unix-like operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification. ... “Fiend” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A fork, when applied to computing is when a process creates a copy of itself, which then acts as a child of the original process, now called the parent. More generally, a fork in a multithreading environment means that a thread of execution is duplicated. ... In computing, a process is an instance of a computer program that is being executed. ...


The copyright of the BSD Daemon is held by Marshall Kirk McKusick who tries to ensure that it is properly used to identify only BSD-based software and services and licenses them for "personal use within the bounds of good taste." The current popular version of BSD Daemon was drawn by animation director John Lasseter on March 22, 1988, while the first version of the logo was drawn by comic artist Phil Foglio, as a returned favor to Mike O'Brien for lockpicking his roommate's safe in 1976, and were drawn for the first national UNIX meeting, and appeared on the first decade's worth of UNIX T-shirts. Marshall Kirk McKusick (b. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... John A. Lasseter (born January 12, 1957 in Hollywood, California) is an Academy Award-winning American animator and the chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Phil Foglio (born 1956) is a cartoonist and comic book artist best known for his humorous science fiction and fantasy work. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ...


Prior to selecting the current mascot, Puffy, OpenBSD used a BSD daemon with a halo, this image was used during the 2.3 and 2.4 releases. Before selecting its current logo, the FreeBSD project used John Lasseter's version of the daemon as their logo as well as mascot, however the project felt that the daemon was not an effective enough logo. There were several reasons for this: most importantly that the daemon was not unique to FreeBSD, as it was historically used by other BSD variants, but also that the image was considered unprofessional by the FreeBSD core team and that it did not function well for promotional material using two or three colours or when rescaled. In February 2005, a contest to create a new logo for the project began, and the winner was chosen as the official logo in November of the same year. Puffy, cartoon style Puffy is the mascot of the free operating system OpenBSD. Puffy is a porcupinefish, which is used to signify the intention of the developers to make an impregnably secure operating system. ... OpenBSD is a Unix-like computer operating system descended from Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), a Unix derivative developed at the University of California, Berkeley. ... A halo (Greek: ; also known as a nimbus, glory, or Gloriole) is a ring of light that surrounds an object. ... FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ...


ASCII image

In FreeBSD version 5.x of this image of the BSD Daemon appeared in the startup menu, though it can still be set as startup image in later versions. It is also used in the daemon_saver screensaver. FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ... A screensaver is a computer program originally designed to conserve the image quality of computer displays by blanking the screen or filling them with moving images or patterns when the computers are not in use. ...

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See also

  • List of mascots:Computing Mascots

Here is a list of several known mascots: // See List of U.S. college mascots Belenos, sun-god of Belenix BSD Daemon Devilette, women dressed like the BSD daemon Geeko, the Suse chameleon Glenda, the Plan 9 from Bell Labs bunny Hexley, the Darwin platypus Kitty, the AROS mascot (another...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
BSD Daemon
  • FreeBSD's The BSD Daemon page
  • The red guy's name, from the FreeBSD FAQ
  • Marshall Kirk McKusick's BSD Daemon Page
  • beastie.com
  • What's that daemon? — info on daemon shirts and a funny story
  • How to make a beastie flag
  • BSD Daemon Gallery

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BSD Daemon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (502 words)
BSD Daemon is the BSD operating system's mascot, named after a daemon, a type of software program common on Unix-like operating systems.
Prior to selecting the current mascot, Puffy, OpenBSD used a BSD daemon with a halo, this image was used during the 2.3 and 2.4 releases.
Prior to the current logo, the FreeBSD project used John Lasseter's version of the daemon as their logo as well as mascot, however the project felt that the usage of the daemon as a logo was not effective enough.
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