Alan Cox wrote: > ... >> putting the name of a commercial vendor in the library name is >> kinda 'blah' anyway. > > > IMHO it is the same in all cases. It's about credit. Whether you'd > keep the command line redhat-config-foo on a non RH system is a > different matter altogether. With all due respect (i've never disagreed with a Linux luminary before ;-), there's something else here other than credit: Red Hat's trademark guidelines: http://www.redhat.com/about/corporate/trademark/guidelines/. From my reading of them, it is possible that it is a trademark violation for the Fedora Project to make use of the name Red Hat (or anything similar enough to be confusing), anywhere in its distribution. In .../guidelines/page4.html it states: You may not use "Red Hat" or any confusingly similar mark as a trademark for your product, or use "Red Hat" in any other manner that might cause confusion in the marketplace, including in advertising, on auction sites, or on software or hardware. Additionally, there appears to be no relevant exception made for Fedora in .../guidelines/page9.html. Now, the overall name of the product seems to be the main point of the trademark pages, but it would seem incongruent to me (and i suspect to lawyer-types as well - although i'm not one) that the guidelines for the naming of a subset of the product would be any different to the overall product. Thus it would seem to me that one or more of the following are required: 1. Red Hat change their trademark policy to either: a) make it clear that the trademark policy applies only to the overall distribution, not specific products, and/or b) make a specific trademark policy exception for Fedora (and any other distribution based upon it). 2. Fedora rename or remove redhat-* packages to ensure that anyone redistributing Fedora would not be in grey areas of the Red Hat trademark guidelines. 3. Depending on the outcome of 1. above, Red Hat take another approach to their RPM package naming so as not to put any unnecessary blocks in the way of the Fedora project. Paul P.S. Despite what RPM stands for, it is still a trademark of Red Hat (.../guidelines/page2.html) and could conceivably come under similar trademark guidelines in the future (although i'm not sure what legal difference registered vs. unregistered makes).
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