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Re: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/TomCallaway/SecondaryArchitectures

Jeff Spaleta wrote:
On 7/12/07, Manas Saksena <msaksena marvell com> wrote:
Every one derives from Linus' kernel tree and creates their own custom
Linux kernel. But, they are all still Linux kernels. And, they dont
dilute the "Linux" brand.

Its more complicated than brand value. My interpretation, from sitting
outside the red hat fenceline, is that there's also potential
liability associated with 'blessing' a codebase that is not under the
direct control of the fedora build system.  I'd absolutely LOVE to
find a solution in derived-distribution space that let the builders of
these distros share credit with the Fedora community. It sure be super
nice to be able to have people gloat and preen over their consumption
of the work we are doing. There's no doubt in my mind, that its a PR
win all around if we can find a way to present Fedora as an ecosystem
of distributions, even the derived ones and march forward into the
future arm-in-ARM singing obnoxiously.  But since linus, as the
trademark holder to linux, isn't the name of a corporation
incorporated in a hyper-litigious country with enough assests to be
worth protecting... the parallel between the trademark situations is
not really the same.

I think we are in agreement here.


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