pagan hat on vlc icon

Asked by michael on 2010-12-31

Binary package hint: vlc

I am really offended by the pagan santa hat on the vlc icon and would like instructions on how to remove it.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: vlc 1.1.4-1ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-24.42-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-24-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Dec 30 21:52:45 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
SourcePackage: vlc

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michael (mikahgiacchetti) said : #1
Micah Gersten (micahg) said : #2

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see There is also a vibrant support community available at and you might consider asking your question there.

Micah Gersten (micahg) said : #3

Also, this is not a bug but a feature. Citing wikipedia at

"The interface contains an easter egg which changes the VLC traffic cone logo so that it's wearing a Santa hat. The logo changes on December 18, one week before Christmas, and reverts to its normal appearance on January 1."

How is it offensive? Are you offended by all the christmas garb in the street forcing you to walk around with closed eyes for fear of spontaneously combusting? It's harmless and will be gone tommorrow (1st Jan) so I wouldn't sweat it.

mycae (mycae) said : #5

If you are *Really* botherd by it locate the icon, and change it. Its probably stored in /usr/share/vlc/

Yay open source!

michael (mikahgiacchetti) said : #6

"Are you offended by all the christmas garb in the street "

Actually, yes i am.

And thank you for genuinely looking into how to remove the hat, I appreciate it.