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Re: [Nano-devel] Nano logo

From: Robert Funnell
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] Nano logo
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:12:26 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
User-agent: Alpine 2.11 (WNT 23 2013-08-11)

Well, I'm glad I asked!

I wouldn't say that I think it's super important, but I'm afraid that your supposition is supported by the fact that I'm not really a nano user, in spite of being a long-time Pine/Alpine user - in fact my favourite text editor is the one that is probably at the opposite end of the spectrum from nano. You may be able to guess which one I mean.

I came across nano again this week - it has the tremendous advantage of being on Debian's CD #1. It looks very nice and I'll probably recommend it to students whom I'm forcing to use Linux for the first time, so they can do a few necessary editing jobs.

I must say that the idea of using ascii-art for the logo was brilliant. Below is the result of avoiding the work that I'm supposed to be doing at the moment:

     iLE88Dj.  :jD88888Dj:
   iE   :8888Et.     .G8888.
   ;i    E888,        ,8888,
         D888,        :8888:
         D888,        :8888:
         D888,        :8888:
         D888,        :8888:
         888W,        :8888:    i;
         W88W,        :8888:.   Ei
         W88W:         .D888EtiGL.
         DGGD:           iD88ELi

- Robert

On Sun, 21 Sep 2014, Chris Allegretta wrote:

Heh.  The backstory is rather short: I have very little artistic
talent and wanted to find a font in the Gimp that could produce a
snazzy n that I could then turn into ascii-art.  The only remotely one
available for free on Linux at the time was for the Greek alphabet.
Surprisingly few people have since brought this up since I did it so
long ago, though I was well aware of the incorrectness at the time.

It seemed to me that the same people who would deride that the letter
choice as something that was super important would be the same one who
would say they would never resort to using nano anyway in favor of
their editor which had no flaws in their mind, and thus that people
who didn't mind the logo's errant origin probably wouldn't mind the
editor :-)  It's worked out fairly well I must say!

That said, late this fall nano itself is turning 15 and the logo is
quite long in the tooth - according to the eta logo was
introduced on or around April 1 2001 - haha!  You can see the old logo
which was also from Gimp, made from a simple included script-fu, at

So who thinks we should have a new logo contest to celebrate 15 years?

On 9/21/14, Benno Schulenberg <address@hidden> wrote:

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014, at 20:14, Robert Funnell wrote:
Why does nano use the Greek character eta as a logo? It gives the
impression that somebody doesn't know which Greek character it is and
thinks it corresponds to 'n'.


I think that maybe... just maybe... Chris may have reserved
a really big prize for the first person to ask this question.


If not, then /me is interested too in the answer.


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