Re: Changes in formal naming for NetBSD porting effort(s)
Scripsit Branden Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 01:12:21AM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> I think you trimmed away content that was crucial for understanding the
> parts you did quote, but whatever. If you need reptition or
> elaboration, I'll provide it.
Please do. I found nothing in your article that seemed to provide
answers to my questions.
> > I ask again: How do you suggest that the NetBSD people should have
> > communicated their misgivings to us?
> One possibility would have been to not raise the trademark issues at all.
Which would amount to saying "We won't tell you why, but please change
your name." I think that would be discouteous in the extreme.
> Possible approaches include:
> 1) don't ask, don't tell
> 2) order us to stop
> 3) grant us a license
4) Ask us nicely to stop.
> 1) is no longer on the table. They didn't do 3), though they might
> still. That leaves 2).
And (4). I don't think you have provided *any* evidence that (4) was
not what they did, and I think that to react as if (2) was the case
would be silly and excessively confrontational.
> I'm generally in favor of a "use or lose it" approach to "intellectual
> property", but this is more like "be an asshole or lose it".
I still cannot see how you imagine that they could have *told* us
about their misgivings at all in a way that you wouldn't equal with
"being an asshole".
Henning Makholm "In my opinion, this child don't
need to have his head shrunk at all."