Larry the cow

In: Fun|Operating Systems

29 Nov 2004

Larry the cow is one domesticated animal you probably haven’t heard of (though you may have heard of our beloved South Park cows). He is the mascot of Gentoo Linux and there’s a headshot of him over at Gentoo’s About page (see “Gentoo Linux… in a poster”).

Larry the cow being abducted


Now, I came across this amusing bug today, bug 27727 – bug Lary (sic) can NOT be a Cow, that insists that Larry cannot be a cow but should rather have been a bull, being male. Dictionary.com says a cow is “a domesticated bovine of either sex or any age” so that was why the bug was left as WONTFIX. Still it is weird to see Larry with udders in this thread in the Gentoo forums. Larry is probably one of the first transgender/sexually ambiguous animal mascots in Linux history.

8 Responses to Larry the cow

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antrix

November 29th, 2004 at 10pm

better sexually ambiguous than overtly sexual.

*cough*Ubuntu*cough* ;-)

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Frank Carver

November 29th, 2004 at 10pm

This mirrors one of my pet complaints. Every few weeks I seem to see another TV ad or produced-on-autopilot show featuring a “male” cow with udders (or some generally milk-related ability). Just two days ago I was watching an episode of the cartoon “Dave the Barbarian” with my kids which fell into this same trap.

Sigh.

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Groovy Links

November 30th, 2004 at 12am

Lary can NOT be a Cow
“Larry is probably one of the first transgender/sexually ambiguous animal mascots in Linux history.”…

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Then Wolf

November 30th, 2004 at 6am

Cow doesn’t mean male.

A cow is a female bovine, a Bull is a male. Its not just bovine that have this method of naming the sexes, look at whales for example.

Remember, BOVINE is the word.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

November 30th, 2004 at 9am

Larry the bovine doesn’t quite go down as well though ;)

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Then Wolf

November 30th, 2004 at 10am

Maggie the cow?
Larry the calf?
Larry the bull?

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Fedora Reverter

November 30th, 2004 at 8pm

I always thought it was a load of bull having a cow being associated with Gentoo in the first place, given that Gentoo is the name of a specfic species of penguins and that’s how they apparently got the name.

Oh well, whatever works I suppose.

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Aaron

December 24th, 2004 at 10am

Last I checked Tux the penguin, although naked, didn’t have any genitalia. That counts as sexually ambiguous in my book.