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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

Peter Samuelson <peter@p12n.org> writes:

> That there is such a hue and cry over rebranding Firefox in Debian
> indicates to me that it *is* a significant burden we would be (and are
> now) asking of our downstream users.

Well, one, *we're* not asking our downstream users to do that.  The
Mozilla Foundation is.  I'm not sure how much that distinction matters,
but it feels worth stating to me.

Second, the real problems with rebranding are not with the technical work
that has to happen, from the sound of it.  They're with user recognition
and the ability of users to find the right package for something they want
to run.  That *is* a significant issue, at least in my opinion, but Debian
taking that hit doesn't do *anything* to help our downstream users.  They
still end up having to either take the same hit or now undo Debian work to
get back to the name that their users will recognize.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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