Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by sogabe
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku has its first distribution, but it's not coming from the Haiku development team. Pingwinek has just released GNU/Haiku 0.1.0, what is claimed to be (probably?) the first distribution of the Haiku operating system, coming from Poland. According to the Pingwinek home page, GNU/Haiku consists of the base Haiku system plus 40 packages ported from the Pingwinek GNU/Linux distribution, and it includes the GCC 2.95.3 compiler, several simple games, SDL, Midnight Commander, and ncurses. GNU/Haiku can be run from a HDD, in QEMU and VMWare or as a Live CD. Screenshots are available, and the images can be download from this page.
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RE[5]: Trademark Infringement
by JohnMG on Tue 13th Mar 2007 06:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Trademark Infringement"
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GNU/Haiku, or anything else, like Sun Haiku or Fluffy Bouncy Haiku, hijacks the Haiku trademark and steamrollers over Haiku as a seperate identity.

Vibe, note, the name issue is only a tiny little thing. If there's a problem, the Haiku folks can probably get others to change the name of their "Haiku distribution" (I'm guessing the Haiku foundation or whatever has trademarked the name).

But you mention steamrolling over Haiku's identity... Recall, the code is MIT-licensed. The whole point of Haiku is to be a popular open-source desktop OS. What this means is that as soon as it becomes usable there will be "Haikudos", "Haikoladas", and "Haikarumba XP's" coming out of the woodwork. Some will not be distributing source with them. Some will be charging money for "their OS". That's just part of the deal when you embark on making a popular MIT-/BSD-licensed project. By the Haiku's choice of liberal license, they're saying that they *want* folks to use the OS in this manner.

Haiku exists as a standard to itself. I don't want to see that screwed up by people who want to lock it down or mangle it get the upper hand.

Well, according to the license, users are welcome to lock it down or mangle it in any way they like -- of course, as long as they don't trample on the Haiku trademark (and as long as they keep the copyright notice intact). For the Haiku devs, this isn't a bad thing. They *want* folks using their software in any way they like, in accordance with the very minimal license (that's my understanding anyway).

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