[Cialug] Linux Trademark -- What do you think of this?
listaddy at technomajian.net
Sat Aug 20 11:17:39 CDT 2005
There is apparently a development in Australia where a company, supposedly
under the authority of Linus Torvalds, is demanding that people pay to use
the Linux name. I looked on the "LMI" website, and they also have
information on buying a license to use the Linux penguin.
Granted, this issue is in Australia right now. And I can, in a way, see the
argument that Pamela Jones makes on Groklaw. But, in my opinion, this is A
Very Bad Thing, and it's just a matter of time before people here in the U.S.
start getting these letters.
What do you think? Should we all quit calling our operating systems "Linux,"
and call it a "GNU Operating System," as a Groklaw commenter suggested?
Should we all start creating GUGs instead of LUGs? Must we find a new
It almost sounds to me as though someone in the Linux world has been copying
pages out of Microsoft's playbook, and frankly, I'm a little ticked.
That is of course my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
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