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Debian Circling Drain

Images are fun. A little while ago Mozilla told the Debian folks that if Debian wanted to keep shipping the browser as "Firefox" and use the Firefox art then they have to follow the rules for using the Firefox name and art. These are in place to protect the Mozilla brand and security - e.g. you can't recompile Firefox with a cookie/traffic snooper and still call it Firefox.

Several Debian folks got upset about this because it didn't feel Free enough to them. Interestingly, Debian has a very similar policy about the use of their artwork:

  1. This logo may only be used if:
    • the product it is used for is made using a documented procedure as published on (for example official CD-creation)
    • official approval is given by Debian for its use in this purpose
  2. May be used if an official part of debian (decided using the rules in I) is part of the complete product, if it is made clear that only this part is officially approved
  3. We reserve the right to revoke a license for a product

This morning I was reading stuff from planet mozilla which pointed me to the below photo (original source).

Well, this was frustrating to me. So, I decided to grab a little Debian artwork and have some fun in Inkscape.

Resolution to the Problem

And just so that I'm not another log on the fire - it would be nice if some folks (e.g. Mitchell Baker and Anthony Towns) to say "Enough is enough, we're both great and well respected Open Source projects that have to protect our respective trademarks and we will honor the each other's trademark terms - no hypocritical criticism necessary".

There's a reason that you're BD(s)FL in your organizations - now stand up and agree on this.

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