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To Linux or not to Linux

Scripsit "Steinar H. Gunderson" <sgunderson@bigfoot.com>
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 01:46:54PM +0300, Yavor Doganov wrote:

>> now we can call it simply GNU (given the fact that both hurd and
>> kfreebsd-gnu are rocking and under active development). "Linux
>> distribution" is just wrong (and rather annoying).

> Can we please discuss this when we actually have a release with something
> not Linux as the kernel? :-)

Actually the question may be relevant irrespective of the status of
the non-Linux ports.

The "Linux" trademark, which used to be owned by Linus personally, has
apparently been transferred to "the Linux Mark Institute"
<http://linuxmark.org>, who have stated an intent to demand money from
distributors who use the trademark. For-profit licenses start at $0,
whereas a non-profit entity such as Debian must pay $200 a year to use
the trademark. [Sic!]

I think we originally called our system "Debian GNU/Linux" as a way to
credit and show our respect to the major pieces of software that made
Debian possible. I'm completely for giving credit where credit is due,
but if we -- as a nonprofit association subsisting on donations
(whether of cash, hardware, bandwith, time) -- have to pay money to be
*allowed* to give proper credit, we ought to rethink that decision.

In most places we already call our operating system simply "Debian". I
think we should just go through the website (and CD generation scripts
and such) and remove the few remaining references to "GNU/Linux".

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