Use of asterisk "*" in distro name

MJang mike at
Mon Feb 26 05:39:56 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-02-26 at 08:30 +0300, John Babich wrote:
> On 2/26/07, Dimitris Glezos <dimitris at> wrote:
> >
> >  From what I've heard at FOSDEM, 'Fedora 7' was the only term used for
> > our next version. Things are most likely heading towards that direction
> > for the name AFAIK.
> >
> Has anyone considered a possible naming conflict with the other Fedora?

I remember wondering about this a while back, and if my (possibly
faulty) memory is working, there was talk about legal action - the
Fedora Library project did come first. 

However, I see this now at

"Red Hat, Inc. offers open source computer software for operating
computer systems under the mark FEDORA Project. The FEDORA Project of
Cornell University and the University of Virginia is not affiliated,
connected, or associated with the FEDORA Project of Red Hat, Inc.  Red
Hat, Inc. does not sponsor, approve of, or endorse the FEDORA Project of
Cornell University and the University of Virginia"

Which suggests (to me) an uneasy peace between the two open source
projects. I would not be shocked to hear of some sort of financial
backing of Red Hat of the project.


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