Re: "Debian" Core Consortium
Stephen Frost wrote:
> * Thomas Viehmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>>Maybe it would be great to come up with something that can be used by
>>everyone interested. I'm thinking along the lines granting a license to
>>use "Debian derived" as part of the name for products / efforts to
>>create products derived from Debian, so that "Debian derived trusted
>>Gnu/Linux" or "Consortium for a Debian derived core" would be covered.
>>OK, now it's time to admit that I'm not a marketing expert and the
>>examples offered do suck, but maybe it's a good idea. After all, we do
>>like derived distros to reference Debian...
> This sounds like something reasonable to do in terms of a trademark
> policy but there's a couple problems with it. If 'Debian derived'
> actually falls under trademark requirements at all (I'm not sure it
> does) and, if it does, then people still need to ask Debian/SPI for an
> official submark before using it. Basically, that kind of a policy is
> fine, but doesn't remove the need for Debian/SPI to protect its
Well, my idea was that it might be nice to have some general license
(similar in spirit but likely not as liberal as free software license)
for a submark to offer something to people deriving Debian and not
create too much burden.
Note that above proposal would not cover t-shirts, travel agencies and
whatnot, so it might be more restrictive, but easier and cheaper than
LMI (and charging 200 Euros/year to nonprofits seems very undesirable).
Thomas Viehmann, http://thomas.viehmann.net/