that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Mon Jul 21 23:36:54 UTC 2008

On Jul 21, 2008, Alan Cox <alan at> wrote:

> Linux is a trademark, please use it properly in combination with other
> marks.

Oh, right!  Thanks for reminding me of yet another reason why the
"Linux(R) is shorter and more convenient.  Linux(R) is a registered
trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries." argument
is nonsense.  Does a xerox of a gilette cut both ways, or what? :-)

BTW, please also remind Telsa and also whoever's in charge of
linux(tm) that her home page and their front page don't abide

If people are going to get obnoxious about enforcing this trademark,
we might as well start calling the operating system just GNU, to avoid
the hassle.  Because, you know, GNU/Linux isn't a trademark, and
GNU/Linux(R) makes it seem like it is.  Then, if someone asks what the
kernel is, we can explain that we'd really like to give them credit,
because we're really not like them, but the trademark terms are too
cumbersome.  Or we can go the "Linux(R) is a registered trademark"

Who's making demands and who's just requesting, you think?

Alexandre Oliva
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