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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.

Source: twitter.com/cathodegaytube/sta

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.

twitter.com/cathodegaytube/sta

@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.

People suck.

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.

@Balina I love her even more now

Xenia is such a nice name too gosh

@Balina you know what, this fox would absolutely wear the "byte my bits" tee shirt

@Balina
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 oh my God, reeling at "well, all the other good Linux users I know are trans"

@Balina you know I already liked this character but I'm pretty sure I just love her now

@Balina what did i tell you people

also it's pretty dope to see more art

@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.

@Balina at this point I'm wondering if there's estrogen somewhere in the linux build tree

@Balina aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
okay this is cool :cooltrans:
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