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Re: OpenOffice.org new unstable packages available for testing



On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 12:20:42PM +0900, Miles Bader wrote:
> Chris Halls <halls@debian.org> writes:
> > Prerelease packages for OpenOffice.org are now available from the unstable
> > section of our mirrors (http://www.linux-debian.de/openoffice/mirrors.html).
> 
> Can someone tell me _why_ this project uses the name `OpenOffice.org' as
> a name for their software?  What's wrong with `OpenOffice' (which is
> surely the name humans use when talking about it, and morever, isn't
> confusing)?

Trademarks.  Due to the lameness of trademark law, someone else used
OpenOffice once for a product that no one has ever heard of, and now we
can't use it.  If anything, I would have thought that having the same
name as a Free office suite would be _good publicity_ (especially since
the office suite is evidently far better known than they are), but I
guess their legal department disagrees.

Of course, if I ever do actually find out what this other 'OpenOffice'
product is, I'll avoid it on principle.

-rob

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