Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Sep 2006 22:44 UTC, submitted by csousa
Mozilla & Gecko clones Debian adheres to a strict interpretation of what is Free Software and what isn't. The Firefox logo is trademarked, so Debian doesn't consider it to be Free and will not include it as part of its distribution. Mozilla claims that using the Firefox name without the official branding is a trademark violation. Furthermore, Mozilla claims that if Debian runs any patches to the version of Firefox included with Debian distros, it has to run them by Mozilla first for approval. What all this ultimately could mean is that the Firefox name is wiped from the face of Debian and its offshoots. Debian developer Eric Dorland confirmed to internetnews.com that Debian will re-name Firefox and that the re-naming process could be completed as soon as next week.
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Spread the name
by Guido Draheim on Fri 29th Sep 2006 00:36 UTC
Guido Draheim
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2006-01-12

I don't think the new name needs to be too much off - Mozilla does still have an interest in spreading the word that Firefox is used now everywhere. The Debian maintainer can possibly use a name very close to the brand but he needs to ask Mozilla on the matter. "negotiations", let's see next week for more.

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