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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but the thing is that there wasn't a 'distro', there was a weekly image using a nightly build and preinstalled some third party software...

That is exactly the definition of distribution.

and should Haiku inc have chosen not to release public nightly builds then yeah, I would have understood the animosity towards this pack,

There is no animosity. There is a concern that is certainly not unfounded, as can be attested by the fact, for example, that at one point in time the superpacks illegally included proprietary software. Maybe you don't care about this sort of thing, but we do and take them very seriously.

maybe this is some Haiku inc versus Karl thing that I'm unaware of...

I have nothing against Karl, nor is there a Haiku Inc, crusade against him. Personally, I have (publicly) supported Karl back in the days when he was running, including sending some nasty messages on the Haiku mailing lists in defense of Karl directed to our former project leader.

What's more, I even tried to bring Karl on board in order to develop a bounty system within Haiku (which is what the community wanted), and to that end we exchanged a few ideas via private emails. But one day he vanished and then suddenly sometime later he announced the bounties on Haikuware (that experience taught me that Karl is more interested in doing his own thing than in being a teamplayer).

maybe it's about Haiku inc being in total control...

Well, yes, we want to have a degree of control on how we portray our name and brand. This is not unique to Haiku; that's why most projects have trademark policies that regulate the use of their logo and name and dictate the creation of distros.

We actually also control our code. That it is open source does not mean that anyone can commit anything. All commits are under peer review, and if the developers see something that they consider can jeopardize the quality, integrity or legality of the code base, be sure that the commit will be reverted.

again, I can't see whatever harm could be done due to the existance of a weely image containg a clearly labeled alpha build of Haiku with working software that people download the nightly images would have had to install manually anyways.

Since you have difficulty understanding, I will have to blunt with you; I will try to stay polite though. ;)

First, Haiku does not have any oversight over what's included in the superpacks, as Karl does with the superpacks whatever he wants w/o prior consultation with any of us. We simply don't want to have to respond or be accountable for what somebody else does, particularly when we have no chance to influence the outcome or when any attempt to correct what we see as problems are received as animosity or bad blood against the individual.

Finally, some of the software included in the superpacks actually does not work; some is not even developed nor supported anymore; for some of it, the code is not even available. We don't want people to associate Haiku with such an ugly mashup.

Is that simple enough for you to understand now? ;)

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