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Darl, Bill and Tux -- The Cartoon
Wednesday, March 08 2006 @ 04:37 AM EST

Wow. Something I wrote has inspired a cartoon. It would be hard to express what fun that is and how pleasant it feels. What I wrote was the following:
Linux runs on everything, dudes, from watches to supercomputers, which is just one reason why SCO made a life-altering mistake when it dropped Linux and chose to ride off into the sunset on its crippled Unix donkey.

There's a little story before I show you the drawing. You might even call it a parable.

I found out about the drawing when I got the following email from Ah Pook:

Greetings! I'm a long-time reader, and I've enjoyed following along from beginning to (please say it's the) end as SCO sinks into the morass of their own making. You posted a story a couple of weeks ago, with one of the funniest lines I've read in quite some time. It was quite evocative, and my complete lack of drawing ability combined with the fact that the world needs morasses led me to contact an illustrator friend. He's actually an accomplished Haida artist, but I think his caricatures are fantastic too. I explained the whole situation in 25 words or less, *cough*, sent him some Google Images of Darl and Bill, and he whipped up a nice little cartoon. OK, there's the thousand words.

:-)

Here's the picture:

Darl McBride, Bill Gates, and Tux

Inspired by a post from PJ over at Groklaw:

Linux runs on everything, dudes, from watches to supercomputers, which is just one reason why SCO made a life-altering mistake when it dropped Linux and chose to ride off into the sunset on its crippled Unix donkey.

Darl, Bill & Tux
Darl McBride, Bill Gates & Tux

Postscript: His email continued:

If you're curious (and it's funny too, but in a different way), here's the original KPaint sketch I sent to describe my vision: the sketch.

Now you know why cartoonists should be paid.

I just love doing Groklaw. What readers think to do that I'd never ever come up with... that's the greatest enjoyment. Here's a bit of info about the talented artist, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, an article in the Vancouver Sun in 2003 about his work, and some of his works.

Of course, if I was a half-wit, I'd sue him for stealing my ideas, methods and concepts. But being a brainiac, I understand that creativity, innovation and progress comes from building on the ideas of others. It's how creativity works.

Yes. A little parable.


Drawing Copyright 2006 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas


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