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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by TheNerd on Sun 20th Apr 2008 15:07 UTC
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From my point of view ( this "distro" was really only created because of the feedback that was received from the Haiku community about the "Weekly Superpack" we were putting out.

The Superpack was not originally intended to be a separate distro it was simply meant to be an easy way for people to test Haiku with actual software that one might want to use.

Since Haiku's downloadable builds do not include any extra software it is difficult for some people to get a good look at what Haiku is and can do at this point. Especially if they are using a hardware or vmware configuration that does not give network support.

We (haikuware) were simply trying to provide an avenue for people to familiarize themselves with Haiku and maybe even encourage them to become involved with the project.

It was brought up a couple times before whether or not we actually had created a "distro" and in the past we were told that as long as we provided a disclaimer on boot (alert message) stating that it was pre-alpha code and unstable that we were ok to proceed that way. This time it was brought up we were encouraged to remove the Haiku name and logos and re-brand it to better follow the distro guidlines.

I believe that Karl has handled the whole thing very professionally and has taken the appropriate actions to follow the guidelines. On the other hand, I do understand why Jorge has taken the stance he has. He is very passionate about Haiku and does great things for the project so in now way, IMO, does, Karl, or I want to devalue that in any way.

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