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Debian use of GNU (Was: Re: Best of the logo *ideas* so far)

On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 18, 1999 at 01:18:45PM -0800, Jonathan Walther wrote:
> >  2:  Silhouette of a GNU.  Love that too!  It shrieks "svelte"
> > and "classy".  Thats how I've always wanted people to envision Debian
> > anyways :>  What possible objection could there be?  We are a GNU project,
> > and have more right than anyone save FSF themselves to use it.
> We are *not* a GNU project. Our relationship to the FSF is cooperative and
> closer then any time before the last years (we hae been a GNU project once).

As the only Linux project with "GNU" in our name, I say we are.  If we
aren't, maybe we should remove the "GNU" from Debian GNU/Linux.  Until then,
as the distribution that has the blessing of Richard Stallman, why not use a

> But still, Debian is under the umbrella of SPI, not FSF.
> We *can't* use the GNU because we would have a hard time trademarking it.
> Please accept that.

Richard, could you comment on this?  Why would a distinctive silhouette,
different from the FSF's logo, be hard to trademark?


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