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Re: What the DFSG really says about trademarks

On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 11:34:41AM -0700, Bruce Perens wrote:
> This latest round was provoked by the DCC announcement. I participated
> in the DCCA meeting yesterday evening. The organization has agreed to
> call themselves the Debian Common Core Association in order to make it
> more clear that they aren't in control of Debian. If other changes are
> required, they will be cooperative.

I don't think that helps -- the issue here seems (to me) to be the use
of the word "core". The "core" of Debian is Debian, not some third party
consortium or association or what have you, and naming the group does
seem likely to cause confusion as to what the relationship between
Debian and this group is.

There were, at some point, some rumours that the group was going to be
basing its product on Progeny's Componentized Linux; in which case it
might be reasonable to call it the "Componentized Debian Consortium" or
similar, which doesn't seem as likely to cause the confusion the word
"core" does.

Personally, I don't think any external project should be putting the
words "core" and "Debian" together, whether its led by Ian Murdock or


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