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The puffin is Scilab mascot. It was designed by Dr. HU Baogang, Chinese Director of LIAMA and Contributor Member of Scilab Scientific Board.

Dr. HU Baogang explained why he chose a puffin:
“The image of puffin reflects a spirit of freedom with proud, as carried in the endeavor of developing open-source software. Be proud of developing open source... I would like to share this feeling with our Chinese students in using Scilab.”

In addition, see a Naturalist's Wink about the Scilab puffin, a friendly contribution from Jacques-Deric Rouault & Fabrice Chéruel, Orscilab Group, Paris-Sud University, Orsay.