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2006-10-16

  Firefox Trademark

A lot of people is getting angry about the issues between Debian and the Mozilla foundation, and a GNU project forking Firefox. Some Mozilla people really did not like some poster in front of there booth (French), etc. People have "great" discussions everywhere , most of the time full of insults.

There are however some nice blogs to read, like Lucas' one which has some nice links and present both points of view, and Glandium's technical answer.

My opinion on this topic is quite simple : If people from Mozilla want only unmodified builds to use the Firefox name and the official icons, why don't they set different defaults in the distributed sources, with a different set of icon ? They would only use what is restricted in their own builds, and maybe distribute it in a separate small tarball for people wanting to do official builds in other environments. That would also fix the issue of the icons not being Free.

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  glandium (2006-10-16 11:32)

They actually do, except that the name changes for every single major release. 1.5 is Deer Park, 2.0 is Bon Echo.

  pterjan (2006-10-16 12:12)

I was more thinking of another default software name, including command name.


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