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Re: "Debian" Core Consortium

Hi all,

Michael Banck wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 24, 2005 at 10:13:06AM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
>>How is Debian related to the "Debian Core Consortium"?  Why are they
>>using the name "Debian"?
>>In principle, I don't have anything against Debian spinoffs, but they
>>shouldn't use confusing names that suggest they are more Debian than
>>Debian itself (or something like that).
>>Or is this something Debian plans to be affiliated with in an official
> Let's CC Ian on this one and see.

The Debian Core Consortium (it's not going be called that, but that's
what the media has been calling us) is simply a group of companies and
nonprofits that build Debian derivatives banding together with a few
central goals: to build a common core that is 100% Debian; to base our
respective Debian derivatives on that common core; to work with the
Debian project to get future releases out in a reasonable and
predictable timeframe and with the right features, so we can always
follow Debian and don't need to fork it to achieve our individual
objectives; and to use our combined strength to finally get ISVs,
IHVs, OEMs etc. to take Debian seriously as a commercial platform.

We're not trying to confuse people, look official, etc.; it's just
that we're all about, well, Debian, so I'm not sure how else we'd get
that point across short of including the word "Debian" in the name
of the thing.

>From my point of view, this follows standard practice for allowable
usage of other names--you know, like Debian GNU/Linux. ;-)
                                            ^^^ ^^^^^

As always, feedback welcome. We're not trying to step on any toes.

Ian Murdock
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