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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

* Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo (jsogo@debian.org) wrote:
> El mar, 14-06-2005 a las 15:12 -0400, Eric Dorland escribió:
> [...]
> > > Let's say we call it mozilla-firefox (assuming we are allowed to in the
> > > first place) and downstream (making some modifications) is not allowed
> > > to call it mozilla-firefox. If we call it debian-firefox then downstream
> > > is still not allowed (under the same conditions) to call it
> > > mozilla-firefox. The difference is not that huge to me. (but naming the
> > > package just firefox seems to me like a good idea in the first
> > > place)
> > 
> > The difference is we have perhaps compromised our principles to keep
> > calling it Firefox.
> > 
> > BTW, don't be fooled into thinking we'll be able to call it
> > debian-firefox. If we have to rename it will not be able to include
> > the string "firefox" anywhere in that name. 
>  Then rename it to firebitch and make a campaing on WSJ to let people
> know about the new software? How is then people going to get the
> software? I cannot install anything that I don't know how to it is
> named. I even cannot search for it... or are we going to call it "the
> browser before known as firefox"?

I never claimed the renaming would not be confusing and
painful. Sometimes we have to do painful things because they're the
right thing to do. I think everyone realizes a rename would suck the
big one. That's why I'm approaching it cautiously and looking for
alternatives. But complaining how much a rename would stink is not

Eric Dorland <eric.dorland@mail.mcgill.ca>
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