As an outsider who has spent all of 5 t0 6 hours with Haiku, I would like to throw my opinion into the ring. I have read quite a bit about the history of computing and I think it is very important to have, not a mascot per se, but a logo. The big three (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) all have logos that people can use to distinguish them at a glance. If you are from China and don't know a word of English, you could still walk into a Tesco and tell at a glance if the computer mouse they are selling can run on Windows, Mac OS, or Linux based on the logos. This can also be called brand recognition. Below are two examples to illustrate my point. In short, Haiku needs a logo that can be easily recognized at a glance regardless of language spoken. Thank you for your time
P.S. Is there a place to upload backgrounds (not logos or mascots). I'm not very good, but I'm willing to take a crack at it.