Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jan 2009 13:48 UTC
Debian and its clones "The developers behind the Debian Linux distribution are preparing for the upcoming release of Debian 5, which is codenamed Lenny. The decision to move forward with the release follows a contentious vote over whether to permit the inclusion of binary blobs in the new version of the distribution. Consensus coalesced around a controversial proposal to "assume blobs comply with the GPL unless proven otherwise."
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Funny...
by Chris on Tue 6th Jan 2009 15:21 UTC
Chris
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2005-09-28

Funny how they think it's ok to put proprietary code into the kernel, yet they can't live with something as simple as the name firefox for their browser :s

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RE: Funny...
by lord_rob on Tue 6th Jan 2009 16:19 in reply to "Funny..."
lord_rob Member since:
2005-08-06

They were asked by the Mozilla community to change the name as it's part of the Firefox license. If you build Firefox from source you have to name it otherwise. Last time I've seen Gentoo Firefox build, it was called Bon Echo (code name for beta of firefox builds). It's the same principle for Thunderbird btw.

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RE[2]: Funny...
by Delgarde on Wed 7th Jan 2009 02:44 in reply to "RE: Funny..."
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

They were asked by the Mozilla community to change the name as it's part of the Firefox license. If you build Firefox from source you have to name it otherwise.


More specifically, I think, you can only use the Firefox branding if you're shipping a browser built from unmodified upstream source code. Being open-source, you can change the code as much as you like - but as soon as you do, you can't call it Firefox anymore.

It's a matter of maintaining a brand image - if some distro-specific patch causes a problem like the OpenSSL fiasco last year, the policy ensures it's not a problem that will harm the Firefox brand itself.

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