Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Apr 2008 23:39 UTC, submitted by TheNerd
BeOS & Derivatives Every now and then, the Haiku mailing lists explode with emails about something called the distribution guidelines. The Haiku guys set up a set of guidelines with regards to use of the Haiku trademarks and logos; the "Haiku" name may not be used in the distribution's name, official trademarks and logos must be excluded, but the Haiku icons and artwork may be used. In addition to these cosmetic and trademark issues, the guidelines explain what is needed in order to receive the official "Haiku compatible" logo.
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Not a huge ordeal, really...
by umccullough on Sun 20th Apr 2008 04:52 UTC
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I know it probably seems like this may have been another "flamefest" on the Haiku mailing list, but really it was not.

Honestly, I thought this particular discussion went pretty well, and Karl was *very* understanding of the various opinions that were voiced. While this article seems to indicate that Jorge was "harsh" - his words really were re-enforcing what had already been committed to the guidelines. He was trying to uphold the standards that had already been put in place, and was pretty much spot-on.

The guidelines definitely were put in place to help discourage the creation of distros that "dilute" the Haiku brand. Nobody really wants to see Haiku turn into a bunch of 3rd party "me too" releases with minor changes, or a couple extra applications added.

However, I highly doubt the official Haiku release will include all the software necessary to use Haiku as a daily OS. It's extremely likely that you'll have to install extra software in order to get anything done (such as an office productivity suite, or even an IRC client).

In the world of open source, what Karl is doing is fine - assuming he has met the requirements for the guidelines while copyrights and licenses are maintained. Who knows, if for some reason Senryu were to become more popular than Haiku - perhaps that is where the community would thrive.

With Haiku's current state, there's really no reason to even consider this a sign of what's to come. Once Haiku has become stable and approaches something resembling a usable OS, I think the project will basically "solve" some of these issues with official releases. At that point, I figure many of these 3rd party "projects" to disappear.

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