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Konqui, Katie and Friends by TysonTan Konqui, Katie and Friends by TysonTan
This is my entry to Konqui Krita Contest [link] , a contest to renew the design for Konqui(Konqi) the Dragon, the mascot of KDE. KDE [link] is an important community of the Free Software Movement [link] . Krita, the application I'm using as my primary drawing program, is developed within KDE.

To my greatest surprise, my design was chosen! It's really an honor to be allowed to contribute artwork to the project that have helped me since the day I came to use GNU/Linux!

The contest required only Konqi, but I've also designed a revised version of Katie, his girl friend. A whole variation of KDE dragons are also added to represent various participants in the KDE community. Their antlers simply show their roles in KDE development. Examples of antler are explained on the footer, covering roles which were mentioned in the KDE "about" dialogue. This shall be the first time most people see me drawing this style. Hope you like it!

This picture is licensed under GNU LGPL version 2 [link] and later.

[link] <- Please also have a look at works from other participants! ^^

Software used:
Ubuntu [link] Operating System.
Krita [link] Drawing and coloring.
All software I used are free and open sourced. I appreciate all the efforts from their communities.

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:icontenko72:
They're so iconic looking! I love them! I especially like the k-shaped antlers.
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TysonTan Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The K-antler was a stroke of inspiration that fits the concept incredibly well. :)
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:iconroyce-barber:
My father and I have both been using KDE. He loves it, and I'm slowly getting used to it. I don't love it quite YET lol.
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TysonTan Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
KDE still needs much work in my opinion. But it is getting better and better. I hope one day I can use it as my primary desktop environment, too.
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:iconroyce-barber:
Your support of the open source "Ubuntu" philosophy is part of what keeps inspiring me to try new things, especially open source things. I really like Lubuntu OS, it's the fast version of Ubuntu. What flavor of Linux are you on lately?
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TysonTan Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say I support the open source "Ubuntu" philosophy. What I support is the value of Free Software and Free Culture movement. Ubuntu is just one of those projects that has those values (and it is not even the most faithful one). I'm using Trisquel GNU/Linux. I have changed from Ubuntu to Trisquel for quite sometime. Unlike most Linux distributions, Trisquel is 100% free software.
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:iconroyce-barber:
hello my brother, so should i try out Trisquel linux?
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TysonTan Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't suggest you to use Trisquel GNU/Linux or any 100% free Linux distributions, unless you want to do some idea experiment just like me. There are too many limitation. It won't make your life easier. ^^b
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:iconroyce-barber:
Like many things in life, I don't know what I want!
Btw, if I may say, your English is really good. I think it's improved over the years. Lately I've been talking with some computer programmers in China who say English is their FIRST language, and they are not very good at it. You are excellent at everything you do. <3

When SteamOS comes out of Beta, I will give it a try, but I don't know for sure what the best OS is for me. I like Lubuntu the most so far, because it's basically Ubuntu with some of the proprietary nonsense taken out, and it runs pretty fast. Still, anything related to Ubuntu will have legal problems around it. Which isn't very good for making your own OS, but it's good that Ubuntu makes Linux more popular with people who are new to computers. 

Operating Systems are like shoes... Ancient Rome didn't have very good shoes, and even today some shoes are not made very well, but now and then there is a perfect shoe. :)
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zarfentaku Dec 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this reminds me of yoshi
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