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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:

>> The Debian Way (tm) would be to drop mozilla, firefox and thunderbird
>> from Debian -- there's no reason what works with the FSF can't work
>> with the MoFo.
> The downside to this approach is that the Mozilla Foundation have no
> good reason to /care/. They're a group that produces free software, but
> they're not campaigning for freedom. In any case, we can make their
> software DFSG-free by removing any references to the trademarks.
> Dropping it entirely wouldn't really help anyone.

It seems to me that what the MoFo really cares about is market share,
and producing /free/ software comes after that on their list of

We drop their products from Debian, they lose market share. We drop
their trademarks, and *we* lose market share: "eh, wtf, Debian hasn't
got firefox? mozilla? thunderbird? sunbird? omgwtf $DISTRO has them!"

Their trademark policy is something that should not exist in a free
software context. They don't care about free software. They don't care
about distributors/vendors.


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