GNU/Linux - portrait

full high-resolution for print here and lossless quality format

Here is a personal 'portrait' artwork. A bit unusual compare to my previous portraits and probably a bit more 'digital' than 'painting' this time. But it's a concept I had in mind since a long time and wanted to paint it on this rainy Sunday afternoon at home.

If you don't know who is on the picture, on left it's Richard Stallman and on right it's Linus Torvalds. They both are great men. I hope one day I'll be able to meet them.

it's a A3@300dpi, CC-By.
It was done with Krita, Inkscape and Gmic.

prints available on deviantArt here.

edit: added wallpaper: 2396x1578px resolution here, preview under.

Close-up :


  Cyber Killer - Reply

Awesome! Any chance of a wallapaper-proportion (I mean horizontal) version?

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

Thank you! Good idea, I made an update of the article with it.

  Alica Seene - Reply

Wow, really cool. But how you do that? Is the Code a Picture you made over the faces or du you paint
the Code? but I Think that´s unrealistic :) i hope all the others and me will see more such fantastic Pictures from you :)

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

Thank you!
It's a mix of many things; I first tried to paint the two portraits, and then I pasted a side by side of each of them. Then I did research to find the codes, and overlay them at the good size, font weight, remove spaces, etc... to get a good density. Then the game was to try to merge them together. No only letters, because the features of the face would be totally removed ; and not removing the background painting totally. A digital game :)

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  Anon Ymus - Reply

Very nice concept

  Amine - Reply

Very good work. But I wonder what would RMS's opinion be of it. I think it's somewhat misleading: you mean Linux/Linus focuses on code while for GNU/Stallman the free software philosophy (hence the GPL) matters most, but it can give the impression that Linux is the software and GNU is just the license it uses (although it uses GPLv2). Stallman often insists that GNU is firstly an operating system, and the biggest part of the GNU/Linux system

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

Thank you. I wonder too. Probably RMS wouldn't like it because I use a CC-By license.

RMS is clearly focusing a lot of energy on the ideological aspect, altering the way we think values and creating new one for the audience to think about it. He communicate the do and don't and in his communication, a large percent are concerns about licenses. He is more a philosopher, using the license tool to protect his vision of freedom of computing. LT on the other side, is clearly a technical guy. His communication reveals concern about code indentation, comment style, skill of developer. A strong pragmatic approach.

GNU is a cloudy term to tie together free/libre projects for an ideological operating system around a similar set of rules and licenses. It's an idea, a vision. Linux is a kernel, released, identifiable with precise releases. A product. This two results tells a lot about it and their creators. But, even with all those differences, the two different projects and philosophy are tied together. This is what I feel to be the "double-sided face" of this community ; one are around for the ideology, the other one for the technical possibilities... and also a large number blending this two ideas together! This is all what I tried to put in this portrait.

  play store app - Reply

thanks for sharing the post i got your point

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