This site encourages the creation and use of Linux related banners
for web pages. By promoting Linux on the World Wide Web we can make
it more visible and thus more appealing to developers, individuals and
the commercial sector. If you maintain a popular web site you may wish
to put a Linux banner on it, even if the site's content is completely unrelated
to Linux or computers. If you are a Linux user you may wish to spice up your
home page with a Linux banner or three.
All banners on this page are free. If you would like to use them on your
site there's some sample html and also
scripts for randomly serving
banner images here.
If you create a Linux banner or can offer related services (such as
a public randomiser) please
mail me so I can add a link
to this page.
Chris Airriess has set up a randomiser that
anyone can link to in their web pages. For details on using it, check out
the sample html page.
Zapping Ads and replacing them with Linux banners
If you're on a low bandwidth connection or you simply don't like commercial
banner advertisements, you can set up a filter to replace the banner ads
you see on other sites with Linux banners. Details on setting up this filter
using a local squid proxy, can be found at Cameron Simpson's page
Ad Zapping with Squid.
See also How to block banner
advertisements using squid by Craig Sanders.
Banners which people have sent in.
A series of static banner images, as used at the top of this page.
A new "Free Power" banner is available, in the handy 125x125 pixel size for
margins and decoration. It has been reworked by Brandt Kurowski to be leaner
and a whole lot cleaner. If you prefer, the "Internet's Operating System"
frame is also available separately as a static
The original series of banners that kicked it all off:
There is a download
section with a tar archive of the images and also source code for a cgi
to serve random banner images. It is available at:
More sites with banners for Linux:
John Hacking's banners
Click on the "Funny Banners" link ...
Free Unix Banner Exchange
This is a banner exchange program for the free unix community.
Linux Graphics and Advertising
Banners and desktop backgrounds by Mr. Topf.
The Linux Advertising Campaign
Linux Online's link banners and buttons.
Exhibition Program, and
Linux Online's banner advertising
Positive Propoganda, promoting banners for free software and the public interest.
Cool Places to link banners to:
Linux Resources at SSC
Check out Linux Life
for more cool Linux sites.
Linux Advocacy and Marketing
Many people would like to use Linux professionally but do not have the
opportunity to do so simply because key decision makers are unaware of
its potential. Some people still regard Linux as an unstable "hacker"
operating system, and consider it unsafe or underpowered for commercial
use. Other companies have policies in place
simply forbidding the use of freely available software. However, many
other people (myself included) have found Linux to be a very reliable
and useful platform for certain corporate applications.
By making Linux more visible
and advocating it appropriately we can help to raise its profile in the
corporate arena, and promote it as a viable option for commercial and
The Linux Advocacy mini-HOWTO
A realistic and well thought out guide to advocating Linux sensibly and
The Linux Advocacy Project
Encourages commercial developers to make Linux versions of software, as
well as general Linux advocacy.
Linux Business Applications
Commercial uses of Linux and lists of companies using Linux.
Web publishers and marketers have created standards for banner advertising,
which it would be advisable to adhere to. Some of these requirements are:
- Standard sizes: mostly 468x60 pixels, some places use widths of 200 to 300
for placement in sidebars and frames.
- Small file size: advertisers are encouraged to keep file sizes small (<10k)
for fast loading.
Effective banner design requires simple, "punchy" graphics and catchy phrasing.
These of course depend on your own creativity, but here's some hints and tips:
- Use a small number of colours (<=16) to be nice to the user's palette.
- For GIF images, use large blocks of colour to reduce file size.
- For animated images, the last frame will remain statically on the
browser when the image has stopped looping, so let it contain the main
message. Also, browsers which are incapable of displaying animated images
will display only the first frame, so it is a good idea to put the main
message on the first frame also.
Here are some resources related to banner design. Note that these links
are provided for informational purposes only, and links to commercial
sites are in no way an endorsement of their service.
Some Advertising Advice for Web Publishers
An article in Editor & Publisher Interactive giving advice on banner
design and placement.
banner ad that works
Marketing company Web Wide Media offers their advice. Also of interest are their
Using Banner Ads to Promote Your Web Site
Reprinted from Web Marketing Today
Weekly reviews of banner ads.
Linux Catchphrases and Slogans
- Linux Fortune Cookies
A collection of cookies about Linux and various other subjects.
Linux Logos and Pictures
Greg Roelofs Linux Pictures
A huge collection of Linux logos, buttons and other pictures.
Larry Ewing's Linux 2.0 Penguins
The original penguin images, plus some penguins combined with text.
Andreas Dilgers Linux Logos
More penguins, this time combined with Allen Petlock's text. Nice SMP and
Sparc logos too.
Kevin Hughes' Linux Logos
A simple logo and some good lettering.
Linux Weekly News' Penguin
- A collection of hundreds of images involving Tux and other
The Gimp is an image manipulation and authoring program. It is an excellent
utility for creating web banners, with features
like the ability to create images with a WWW optimised palette.
There is a great article
in the May 1998 Issue of LinuxFocus about
Text with The Gimp.
Perhaps the most powerful feature is
which allows the automated creation of (amongst other things) text rendered
with amazing effects.
It now also supports the creation of
animated GIFs, so an animation can be created directly in the Gimp.
Here is some
info describing how to do this (part of the
Gimp user manual).
GIFMerge is the program I use to create animated GIFs from individual images.
It is very easy to use and well documented.
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