So, remember about a month ago when stuff about the Linux Fox Girl went around? Someone reportedly tracked down Alan Mackey, and got his blessing on giving her a name (Xenia), and accidentally confirmed the character to be trans.
Upon actually looking up the older post, the same user is the one who led to everyone realizing that Xenia was ever a contender for the Linux mascot, so I feel considerably more confident that this isn't someone just making stuff up out of nowhere.
@Balina holy shit i'm dying at him being like "yeah like half my linux friends turned into girls, might as well"
@Balina I'm thinking if they went with a transgender mascot it would have backfired. Even today I'm thinking it would.
At least Tux is cute.
@gudenau I kinda skimmed past it when I was linking it, but the character was supposed to be a dude when drawn way back when, but the internet presumed them to be a fox girl when rediscovered lately. So the trans thing was actually an accident!
@Balina I guess that is a more modern thing, but if they switched to that now I bet a lot of people would drop Linux....
At least we didn't get a funny looking arc or something.
@KitsuneAlicia There used to be a distro that used her as the mascot, though it vanished sometime in the early 2000s, if my half-remembered research from last month is still any good.
Old trans narrative/joke about tech: "The internet made me trans"
New trans narrative/joke about tech: "Linux made me trans"
Still wearing the same nerdy t-shirt from the early 90s.
I feel called out. :3
I high key love this particular line of development.
@Balina Originally drawn on an Amiga (likely in Dpaint) and is Trans? Hmm. There needs to be a distro that uses this as the mascot. Period.
(Of course I would want it to not use systemd but why am I not working on this yet)
@Balina that's a very nice illustration. Do you know if it's OK to use for personal use (wallpaper)?
Would be cool to replace my aging tux T-shirt too!
@M0YNG All I've done myself was find the tweet and (apparently) break the story here, so I definitely have no actual authority. I'd recommend following the source link and asking the person who did the real work.
That being said, I have never met someone who minds their work being used as a person's desktop wallpaper.