[haiku] Re: Some minor suggestions to the Distro Guidelines.

  • From: "Axel Dörfler" <axeld@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:23:51 +0200

"Jorge G. Mare" <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> IMHO, there is too much focus on distro guidelines. In fact, to me 
> the
> mere existence of a distro guideline could be interpreted as an
> inference contrary to the stated position of the project to 
> discourage
> distros.

That's indeed a pretty good point.

Urias McCullough <umccullough@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Jorge G. Mare <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
> > Instead of this focus on distro guidelines, I think that a well 
> > thought
> > out trademark policy in line with your strategy should suffice; of
> > course, there would be a distro/spin/remix component to it.
> I strongly agree with this... for example, I have now seen a couple
> requests for creating Haiku-branded materials in the absence of any
> real trademark policy about this. I think we need to add some
> substantial trademark policy guidelines that extend to usage of the
> the name/logo in derivative artwork, website domains, merchandise
> (private and/or commercial), etc.
> Derivatives of the OS/software itself should certainly have a section
> devoted to it, but I think as Jorge points out, we have other holes 
> to
> discuss and close as well.

Indeed, that makes perfect sense (to me, at least :)).

> > Anyway, a lot of thought has to go into something like this, and I 
> > don't
> > have much time right now; if somebody else comes up with something, 
> > I
> > will provide my input then.
> It's probably worth taking a look at some of the other FOSS project
> trademark policies out there - Mozilla's comes to mind as a pretty
> strong foundation, as they have aggressively trademarked Firefox and
> the associated artwork, with pretty clear policies put in place.
> http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/trademarks/policy.html
> Perhaps we could put stronger focus on "asking permission" for
> questionable uses such as distributions for purposes of trademark
> policy and thus put the onus on the distro-creator to either remove
> trademarks, or ask permission and allow discussion to ensue from
> there.

Sounds good, too, although some general guidelines (even internal ones) 
as what is allowable, and what is not, should be outlined as well.


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