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Re: Petition about the Firefox trademark problem

On Tue, Oct 24, 2006 at 08:57:18AM -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Steve Lamb wrote:
> >Hans du Plooy wrote:
> >
> >>Calling someone a weasel has never been a compliment
> >
> >
> >    *covers his ferrets eyes*  Hey, there's children present!  Sheesh, some
> >people.
> I enjoyed that post.
> Well, how about "Web Ferret"? "Ferret", AFAIK, only has neutral
> connotations, and in this context, perhaps good ones (nosing around
> for information).
> OTOH, why use a fancy name at all? How about "Debian Web Browser"?
> ISTM that the purpose of such fancy names has always been to
> build brand recognition and brand loyalty. Why do you feel the
> need to have such in a non-commercial product?

The purpose of a name is to be a unique identifier. In computing, it
is very convenient to have unique identifiers that have no embedded
space characters. The need for unique identifiers in commerce is the
reason trade marks exist. "Debfox" would probably not have trade mark
problems, has no embedded spaces, signals the origin of thing and who
has named it, and is terse. "Dbfx" is more cryptic possible name, and
is very terse.

Paul E Condon           

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