Ubuntu

Bouncing Cow Must Go!

Reported by Mark Shuttleworth on 2005-03-02
8
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xscreensaver (Ubuntu)
Medium
Thom May

Bug Description

...or a billion folks who consider cow's to be sacred might be deeply offended.
Please could we remove it from the default list?

Thom May (thombot) wrote :

xscreensaver (4.16-1ubuntu7) hoary; urgency=low

  * Disable Bouncing Cow *sob* (Ubuntu: #7086)

 -- Thom May <email address hidden> Wed, 2 Mar 2005 19:54:12 +0000

Simon Morgan (sjmorgan) wrote :

Sorry but could somebody please explain to me just exactly what it is about a
bouncing cow that's offensive? If you're going to start censoring things because
somebody somewhere might conceivably find it offensive then why don't you get
rid of the ubuntu-calendar-* packages and artwork on the website as there are
plenty of people out there who (for religious or moral reasons) consider the
sight of naked (female especially) flesh to be highly offensive.

Thom May (thombot) wrote :

(In reply to comment #2)
> Sorry but could somebody please explain to me just exactly what it is about a
> bouncing cow that's offensive? If you're going to start censoring things because
> somebody somewhere might conceivably find it offensive then why don't you get
> rid of the ubuntu-calendar-* packages and artwork on the website as there are
> plenty of people out there who (for religious or moral reasons) consider the
> sight of naked (female especially) flesh to be highly offensive.

We're not censoring anything; we're simply ensuring that our *defaults* are as
inoffensive as possible.
bouncing cow has not been removed from xscreensaver, it's simply been removed
from the list that is setup as a new users
default, in the same way that ubuntu-calendar is an optional package that isn't
installed by default.
Please don't start waving the censorship flag when something quite blatantly
isn't censorship.

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

This is my call, based on the fact that some religious groups with very large
communities consider cows sacred, and would be unhappy to have them appear
unexpectedly on their desktops. The bouncing cow screensaver remains, as thom
pointed out, and can be enabled by any user. It just won't appear unless someone
asked for it.

Simon Morgan (sjmorgan) wrote :

Sorry, I thought it had been removed completely. I did check the list and it
said "not installed" in the preview pane but I'd forgotten I'd uninstalled the
-gl package recently.

Mike Vincent (veeeee) wrote :

this is ridiculous.

I'm angered and disgruntled that I will no longer be able to enjoy the *happy*
bouncing cattle on my desktop when idle. :'(

Thom May (thombot) wrote :

(In reply to comment #6)
> this is ridiculous.
>
> I'm angered and disgruntled that I will no longer be able to enjoy the *happy*
> bouncing cattle on my desktop when idle. :'(

I really hope you're kidding. You can very easily turn it back on using the
lovely GUI in System/Preferences/ScreenSaver, and if you've customised your
lists at all then they won't be changed.

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