Fedora derivatives branding discussion

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Thu Apr 20 18:16:08 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-20 at 20:03 +0200, Rudolf Kastl wrote:
> 2006/4/20, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta at gmail.com>:
> > On 4/20/06, Jesse Keating <jkeating at j2solutions.net> wrote:
> > > But what about when the Fedora Red Hat "ships" is an amalgum of some
> > > packages within the Universe (I hate this word)?  Is it only a REAL
> > > Fedora when it comes out of Red Hat?
> >
> > Things reviewed and blessed by the Fedora Board get access to the more
> > restricted marks. As in a live-cd that the board reviews and blesses..
> > gets access to the more restricted marks and don't need to claim
> > "based on". but can still claim "based on."  A livecd thats been built
> > from Core+Extras sources but not reviewed/blessed by the board must
> > use "based on" and uses the less restricted mark.
> >
> > If Red Hat wants to ship an amalgum that doesn't get reviewed and
> > blessed by the Fedora Board... then no.. they dont get to use the more
> > restricted mark... neener neener neener.
> hi |jef|
> i think thats a pretty good idea of dealing with things in a fair way.
> but just a question... what if i add a single package that isnt yet in
> extras nor core... am i not allowed to call it "based on fedora" with
> only minor changes that are documented in a clean way?
> with having a distro that is 99,9% fedora (e.g. a live cd... e.g. with
> distcc...) wouldnt it be still based on fedora from a pure technical
> point of view?
> How would i be able to call that live cd then?

Due to trademark dilution, I can't see any way a derivative product that
is less than 100% Fedora-derived could use the marks at all.

Paul W. Frields, RHCE                          http://paul.frields.org/
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