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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Finally, contrary to some people's beliefs, Haikuware's (Karl and I) intentions are truely only to help the Haiku user community use the technology that we all so much enjoy.

Let's put this into perspective though - helping the users doesn't necessarily help the developers in all cases.

At the moment, it is the developers that need the most assistance, and while you claim that releasing public haiku-based distributions of an operating system *might* help get more developers and testers, what you don't want to do right now is overwhelm or discourage the existing developers to the point where they pursue other projects that are less intimidating and more fun.

Problem is: dealing with users bitching about quality of software is not fun. It sucks. If those same users are actually helping to improve the quality and actually assisting in other ways, that can be completely the opposite effect. You need to determine what effect you want, and whether you're truly attaining it with your actions, or if you're really making things worse.

I suspect reading comments on public tech news sites about people who simply thing Haiku sucks is extremely obnoxious. Especially if those same individuals have taken no time to actually file a bug, or do not actually take the time to understand why their problem is occurring in a pre-alpha OS. These are the people Haiku doesn't want around *yet*.

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