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Re: Will IceWeasel be based on a fork or on vanilla FireFox?

On Mon, 16 Oct 2006 11:43:51 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:

> "Sam Morris" <sam@robots.org.uk> writes:
>> It is unfortunate because of the user confusion that it will
>> cause. IMO, the firefox package should not be renamed to iceweasel.
> If it's not renamed, we can't legally ship it. What, IYO, should be
> done to ship the existing program currently known as Firefox?

You misunderstand me. I merely think that it is clear that the 'iceweasel'
name has been claimed by the Gnuzilla project, and that using the same for
our own fork/branch/whatever will cause even more user confusion.
The 'firefox' package should be renamed to something else.

>> The package 'iceweasel' should be a package of the Gnuzilla project
>> of the same name.
> I think there will be a serious attempt at collaborating with the
> Gnuzilla folks to try to resolve this confusion. Meanwhile, we're
> trying to get the existing Firefox into Debian as free software.

Surely such an attempt can only end in one of two outcomes: they rename,
or we rename. Since they used the name first, I think it is only polite
that we choose to rename; therefore why not pick a new name at the start
without having to drag Firefox users through *another* pointless name

 phoenix -> firebird -> firefox -> iceweasel -> ???


Sam Morris

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