The glider: an Appropriate Hacker Emblem
The Linux folks have their penguin and the BSDers their daemon. Perl's got a camel, FSF fans have their gnu and OSI's got an open-source logo. What we haven't had, historically, is an emblem that represents the entire hacker community of which all these groups are parts. This is a proposal that we adopt one — the glider pattern from the Game of Life. About half the hackers this idea was alpha-tested on instantaneously said "Wow! Cool!" I first proposed this emblem in October 2003. When you put the glider emblem on your web page, or wear it on clothing, or display it in some other way, you are visibly associating yourself with the hacker culture. Yes, as of a mere four days after this proposal was floated, there are mugs and T-shirts. If you think is about breaking into other peoples' computers, those of us the emblem was invented for do not want you displaying it. I used to have a prohibition against commercial use here. The glider is not copyrighted or trademarked.