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Re: Linux mark extortion

On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 02:36:52PM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> I don't see DFSG coming into this at all and, no, I don't think we need
> to run around and remove the word "Linux" from the entire distro or some
> such nonsense.

Maybe so; it's still an open question how the DFSG deals with trademarks.

That doesn't mean it's not a problem that affects Debian and its users
that's worth examining, though.  Looking at that site, my impression is
insult: "protect" me from "unauthorized" use?  There's never been any
confusion about the word "Linux"; the whole concept is ridiculous.

The only reason I heard why Linus held the "Linux" trademark in the first
place was to prevent other people from doing so, and making unreasonable
demands with it (such as preventing "unauthorized use"); they should now
simply let the trademark go, by not enforcing it.

(I question the productivity of starting a conversation about this using
the word "extortion", though.)

Glenn Maynard

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