[haiku] Re: Rethinking the Haiku Distro Guidelines

  • From: Stephan Assmus <superstippi@xxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:13:50 +0200


I agree with the general notion that re-packaging an existing Haiku release 
and adding a few more pieces of software is not different from what ends up 
on our harddrives when we customize our installation.

But still everybody seems to want to hold on to the concept of forcing 
people to change the name from Haiku to something else if the changes 
become too much. Or if they include development code or whatever. IMHO, 
this is just too complicated. Who decides what is just a customization and 
what is diverting too much from Haiku's unique look and feel? It becomes 
impossible to draw a clear line.

But something else is bothering me. If distributions are being made to 
address specific needs, and we all agree that we would like to address 
these needs in Haiku itself eventually, then isn't the obvious, preferable 
solution that whoever puts in work to make a customized version of Haiku 
should instead be encouraged to work directly with the project? In general, 
we try our best to welcome new contributors. I dare say that most people do 
not have a hard time getting their patches into Haiku, as long as they work 
and follow the coding style. There are some exceptions to this, I am 
painfully aware of (Brecht may throw something in my direction). The 
biggest single reason for patches being hard to get commited is when they 
are fairly complex and introduce new problems along with solving others.

Anyway, my point is we want people to work with us, not in parallel. And my 
first argument was that the trademark policy needs to be crystall clear. 
For these two reasons, I would say we should not make it any easier to spin 
off custom distributions of Haiku. We should protect the Haiku name and 
logo, period. If people want to influence the distribution to address 
specific needs, but they don't want to release something not being called 
Haiku, they have the very sensible option to become a project contributor. 
Or they need to take the extra hassle of removing a few strings and 
replacing some bitmaps. Which is easy to do, contrary to what some seem to 

Best regards,

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