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 that Debian will re-name Firefox and that the re-naming process could be completed as soon as next week.
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Forking the free code.
by SilentStorm on Fri 29th Sep 2006 06:14 UTC
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I don't think that forking Firefox is a bad move for Debian and its users. If debian wants to update code without mozilla's approval and don't wants to use the firefox logo and this is resulting a name change, it's completely acceptable for me.

I want to remind that Debian is famous for it's stability and its freedom. I'm using Debian for these reasons and I don't mind if I call Firefox as Iceweasel (which sounds cool to me) as long as I can rely on the build quality of it.

Forks will always occur and these forks will also contribute to diversity of code on the internet. This is a side effect but I think it's good too.

P.S: I wonder if Iceweasel can optimize memory usage or speed or become more stable than the original Firefox. I'll probably want to see these comments again.
(Yes I'm a programmer, I know what I'm saying.)

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