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We're Shippin' Now

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Just in time for Valentine's day... three *really awesome* OS-tan ships that I just sorta came up with on the spot.

The first one would make for such a freakishly hilarious manga. So you have Slackware-tan-- a Linux-tan who sorta pretends to be a Unix-tan and likes chasing after any Unixen that happen to be nearby at the moment (Unix-sama notwithstanding-- for her, Slackware-tan holds nothing but reverence, even if she doesn't express this honor all that well.)

Then you have Plan 9 from Bell Labs-tan; Plan 9-tan is Unix-sama semi-clone/disowned heir, quirky space traveler, and bunnygirl. Why she would be with Slackware-tan, I don't know-- but it is certain that Unix-sama would not be happy.

(Note: Unix-sama is a bit difficult, and enjoys throwing objects-- especially books or anything else within reach-- at those with whom she finds disfavor.)

And the dog in Unix-sama's lap is Mutt-kun, my -tan representation of the CLI email client. Why he's in Unix-sama's lap... I dunno, to make her look like a stereotyped supervillain who wheels around with a pet cat. Or something? ><

Next up is the OpenVMS-sama/Red-Kun ship (Red, fyi, is an OpenVMS text editor). I don't imagine OpenVMS-sama would like Red-kun-- at all-- but we're shippin', so we can really pair anybody together. ^^

VMS-sama and Red-kun's relationship goes back to the late 1970s, when Red-kun was a soldier in the DEC military and VMS-sama an officer. VMS-sama is the cold, quiet, strong type, and Red-kun is hotheaded, quick-tempered and loud (yet an inexplicable bibliophile). Naturally they wouldn't get along, but that wouldn't stop Red-kun from trying to follow VMS-sama wherever she went (not unlike a lost puppy chasing after its master. XD)

After the DEC empire crumbled, OpenVMS-sama abandoned her past life and founded a new OS-tan faction, the Confederation of Independent OS-tans. Red still wouldn't leave her side, of course. OpenVMS-sama now spends much of her time in the fringes of society, leading the CIOST and attempting to unite fiercely divided followers. Merely along for the ride, Red-kun spends much of his life engaged in his favorite pastimes; reading, writing, and looking for a good row.

Last but not least, is the Emacs-kun and <INSERT RANDOM OS-TAN NAME HERE/> ship. I've chosen Multics-sama to be his 'shipmate; both are over-complex pompously preening beautiful-people with hordes of ardent followers, so it would be crazy to think that they wouldn't get along.

BSD-tan is confused as to why Emacs-kun is hanging out with another OS-tan-- apparently, she doesn't realized that he's a real swingin' cat. What-- have YOU ever seen the list of OSes that Emacs runs on? :XD:

And for some reason, I've always imaged ITS-tan and Emacs-kun would be great friends. Maybe it's because the first version of Emacs was designed on ITS...
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C-quelHobbyist Artisan Crafter
BWAHAHAHA!!!!! ^v^
Artists block my hoof... clearly you were preparing to go on a freakin' CRUISE! >v<

This is WAY too awesome for words -- I have to fine you for endangering pedestrians with this obvious Swoonage Hazard. ^.^

Slackware + Plan9:
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EARS!!!!!!!!! ^v^
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about,... big flopping bunny ears that accentuate the sweet curvature of my beloved evil genius necromancer Plan9-sama.... ^.^

*worships*

Oh, but what's THIS? That obsessed, fangirl, wannabe-Unixen Slack-chan is trying to STEAL my bunny girl?!!!!! Unforgivable! ^.^

Where's my own books?! UNIX-sama and I shall set up our own artillery barrage. -v-

In any event, this is an adorable pairing. ^v^
Plan9-sama is sufficiently open-minded enough to be interested in a Linuxen, and she's already in enough ire with her mother that this extra bit of salt on the wounds wouldn't really add much pain. I think this pairing WOULD work..... ^_______^

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...Provided Slack-chan does her part and ONLY sticks with Plan9-sama. ^.^;
We'll have lots of trouble if she starts chasing after the BSD-tans,...or worse, decides to chase after younger blood.... -v-;

The irony, though, is that I could see her and DragonflyBSD-tan tear eachother apart on a daily basis. ^^;


UNIX-sama + Vi-kun
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Unix-sama w/ Atomic Nerve Pop = Pure WIN! ^v^
A UNIX+Vi ship is not only possible, it's probably the only option left to her. Physical and age limitations aside, he's probably one of the few [humanoid] male characters around that can exist in her presence for more than an hour without A) going mad, B) burnt to a crisp, or C) acquire a curious phobia of books and libraries. Or on some occasions, boots and shoe stores. ^^;


Mutt-kun
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Hey, if turning her headquarters into a zoo worked for Plan9-sama and Linux-sama.... ^.^

[or an aquarium, in the case of her arch rival.... ^__~ ]


VMS + Red-kun
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GYAAAAH!!! It's been ages since I've seen cute, demure, insecure, DEC Officer VMS-tan. ^___^
Not really,... but I mean,... wow...! The face... it's cute...! And mousey....! >v<

Plus it has been a while since I've seen that sleek uniform and puny rapier. ^^

Appropriately-enough, Red-kun does have an expression fitting male anime characters of that era: in other words, that of smart-alecky womanizers with stupid grins. ^^;


OpenVMS + Red-kun
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Welcome to the 21st century. ^^;
Wow.... now that I see the contrast, Red-kun's haggard appearance DOES look like he's been lowered into The Tank™ quite a few times. ^v^;

Also love the awesome contrast with the fiercer, more secure, WAY more powerful OpenVMS-sama, hand poised holding that big-ass cleaver. Is it my imagination, or amy crazy in pointing out that she looks like a cool, "cyberpunkish" version of Multics-sama? ^___^

(or could just be the bangs. ^^; )


Multics-sama + Baltair.... er, I mean EMACS-kun
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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.... random.... you just wanted an excuse to draw Multics-sama again, didn't you? ^_______^

Mmmm-hmmm... I can read you like a book.... -v-

*nod nod*

This clearly has to be either Revived or Later Years Multics-sama, since her exuberant face belies a happy, almost Belldandy-like quality,... and as we all know, Early Years Multics-sama was anything but..... ^^;

Kudos to you for conveying so much grace, refinement and elegance in Multics-sama, even in sketch format. ^___^

EMACS-kun is certainly showing a more prominently Baltair-esque appearance than usual... thank goodness you watched a little Battlestar. Handsome fellow, bonified savant, and very adherent to the original character guidelines you and C-chan came up with, so definitely no complaints here. He is the de facto OS-tan magnet. ^___^

Katt-chama is right,... this guy MUST be plotting a harem of some sort. Or a crazy cult (also a la Baltair). -v-'


BSD + ITS
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Nice Consolation Ship here... fufufu! ^.^

j/k j/k... ^________^

Have nothing but love for Mama BSD, as well as respect for our Kino-Incarnate-and-Founder-of-All-Things-Free-and-Open-Source to the right of her. ^___^
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Oh, Slackware-tan might-- just might-- settle down if she could be with Plan 9-tan. After all, Plan 9-tan is the closest thing to a TRUE Unix-tan that Slackware-tan could hope to find... ^///^

And don't forget, Plan 9-tan would probably be able to handle Slackware-tan's craziness, where most Unixen could not. d:

And do I sense a Slackware-tan/DragonflyBSD-tan ship?

:iconimhappyplz:

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And yes, I've always imagined Unix-sama and Vi-kun could get along quite well. Aside from their similar ages and personalities, I think they would admire each others' simplicity. ^^

*continues singing Unix-and-Vi-kun sittin' in a tree*

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After all these years, Red-kun would have changed very little; but VMS-sama, on the other hand, is practically a different person. She may have taken his comments in stride in the past, but now I'm sure she wouldn't hesitate to threaten making fish (read: shark)-food out of him. XD

It's mostly the peaked bangs, but VMS-sama and Multics-sama do share a bit of a common appearance now that you mention it. xP

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No, no, I swear it was a tough one... I nearly made it the BSD-tan/Emacs-kun ship, but Multics-sama would be waaaay more his type. ^^'

Initially I envisioned this representation as a golden-years Multics-sama (some time in the early 90s, perhaps), but it could be a reborn Multics-sama.

...and here I was afraid that Emacs-kun was a bit too Bishonen looking. I dunno about the harem, but I am sure Emacs-kun would have a cult following of sorts... [link]

Maybe a la Baltar, he'd have a cult/harem. XD

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BSD/ITS-ship-- now THAT'S uncalled for. O.o
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>>>And do I sense a Slackware-tan/DragonflyBSD-tan ship?

More like an Anti-Ship missile. By law, you can't have two uber-fangirls living under the same roof. They'd tear eachother to shreds.... ^.^

On the other hand... maybe they lovez pain? ^^;

>>>*continues singing Unix-and-Vi-kun sittin' in a tree*

[singsong] C-O-M-P-I-L-I-N-G......... ^v^

...

Okay, that was just bad... ^^;

>>>Initially I envisioned this representation as a golden-years Multics-sama (some time in the early 90s, perhaps), but it could be a reborn Multics-sama.

Well certainly the slimmer clothing does point more towards the Reborn style. ^__^

Seems it's official, btw... Multics-sama is definitely getting reborn in our story arcs. ^______^

So when can we start doing a formal brainstorming session to see how that pans out? ^.^

>>>Maybe a la Baltar, he'd have a cult/harem. XD

Is there any other kind? ^///^

>>>BSD/ITS-ship-- now THAT'S uncalled for. O.o

Fufu... Could'a fooled me,... They make a better couple than most, being the founding systems of the free software movement. ^______^;
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DragonflyBSD-tan might only have eyes for Amiga-tan-- but somehow I think Slackware-tan would be willing put aside their differences. After all, DragonflyBSD-tan IS a Unix. xD

>>>[singsong] C-O-M-P-I-L-I-N-G......... ^v^

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Okay, that was just bad... ^^;


*Carries on singing*...First comes compatibility, then comes porting, then comes a source-fork in a source-fork carriage! ^O^

...WTF?! O.O;

>>>Seems it's official, btw... Multics-sama is definitely getting reborn in our story arcs. ^______^

So when can we start doing a formal brainstorming session to see how that pans out? ^.^


*points*

TO TEH FORUMS! I guess? O.o

>>>Is there any other kind? ^///^

There's cult/harems with guns... at least on BSG there is. XD

>>>Fufu... Could'a fooled me,... They make a better couple than most, being the founding systems of the free software movement. ^______^;

You shippin' now, C-quel!
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Awesome work! Seeing this inspired me to work on a Valentine's-themed zerOSanity page! :D

Panel 1: The pairing between Plan 9-tan and Slackware-tan is great too! The two of them are very cute together, but too bad that it's a forbidden relationship because Unix-sama is so uptight T_T

The addition of glare on her glasses and Mutt-kun on her lap really give Unix-sama that supervillian look! Say... Vi-kun does seem like her soulmate!

*starts to sing* Unix and Vi, sitting in a tree--

Panel 2: Bwahahah! It seems that VMS-sama remembers Red-kun's "I love women in uniform" statement from a looooong time ago! Why, oh why do they remind me of a stereotypical married couple?! 0__0

Panel 3: How many OSes has Emacs been ported to? But from the looks of it, the guy is a ladies' man and he has been for a loooooong time! But looking at Emacs-kun, I can see why! :D

Eheheh... Poor BSD-tan being left out! Unless... Emacs-kun starts his own harem! :XD:
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Oooh, great job with the ZS V-day's special! I'll have to comment on that ASAP.

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Oh, I wouldn't feel bad about Slackware-tan and Plan 9-tan's relationship being forbidden-- knowing them, that would probably be all the more incentive to be spotted together. ^^'

First, Linux-sama was called Unix-sama's soul mate... now it's Vi-kun. At any rate, they do look a quite cute together, huh?

*continues to sing* K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First comes love, then comes marr--

*gets smacked in face by swiftly thrown Mutt-kun*

Old married couple is probably the best description for VMS-sama and Red-kun I've heard to date. Constant fighting, bickering, and arguing, with brief moments of affection... yep, that's them. ^^

I once found this list of OSes Emacs is or was ported to-- I don't have it on hand, but I know it includes Unix/Linux, Mac, Windows, DOS, Multics, ITS and VMS, and quite a few others.

So certainly he'd be popular with the OS-tans, popular enough to (attempt) the formation of a harem. I don't think his girlfriends would like this, though. T_T
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>>>Oh, I wouldn't feel bad about Slackware-tan and Plan 9-tan's relationship being forbidden-- knowing them, that would probably be all the more incentive to be spotted together. ^^'<<<

Ah! I get it! With Plan 9-sama's and Unix-sama's relations already strained, it can't do any further harm for Plan 9-tan to pair up with someone her mother wouldn't approve of!

That suddenly reminds me of a teen drama. 0__0

>>*gets smacked in face by swiftly thrown Mutt-kun*<<<

Daaaaang!

Of all the things she could have thrown, she chooses her own doggie? What about the library of books she likely has nearby?

>>>I once found this list of OSes Emacs is or was ported to-- I don't have it on hand, but I know it includes Unix/Linux, Mac, Windows, DOS, Multics, ITS and VMS, and quite a few others.

So certainly he'd be popular with the OS-tans, popular enough to (attempt) the formation of a harem. I don't think his girlfriends would like this, though. T_T
<<<

I suddenly have the urge to draw a harem series with Emacs-kun as the male lead... I think it'd make for a good series since it would be refreshing to have a male lead that is NOT a loser!
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Plus, I suppose hanging out with Plan 9-tan would be a bit of a rebellion on Slackware-tan's part as well-- a ploy to both shock the Linux-tans, and get Unix-sama's attention. XD

And it's obvious you've never had a flying dog to the face! Well, nor have I-- but I imagine their sharp little claws, vicious teeth and anger about being airborn would, theoretically, make them a MUCH more effective weapon than a boring old non-sentient, flat-sided book. ^^'

And you better believe I'd read that Emacs-kun-and-harem-of-random-OS-tans series (or at the very least, ZS mini-story)! ^///^
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