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Re: Fedora 7 Test 4 GNOME based i386 Live CD report



John Morris wrote:

Seems like as good a time as any for a good rant.....

How about Firefox being trademark encumbered and therefore illegal to
redistribute without a special license?   RedHat has signed such a
license so can redistribute their modified version in RHEL; but the
Fedora Foundation had damned well better not be signing any such thing
while prancing about tossing packages out far less serious deviations
from purity.  (openmotif for example.  I'm not arguing for patented
codecs and closed drivers.)

Firefox is not illegal to distribute without a special license. That claim is completely wrong. If you modify Firefox and need to retain the name you need permission or you need to distribute it with a different nam which is the very similar to Fedora on the whole. Your comparison between Firefox and Openmotif shows some all too common confusion between trademark and copyright.

I would recommend watching http://www.redhat.com/magazine/007may05/features/ip/

Fedora Foundation does not exist btw. See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Foundation. Next time you go on ranting it would better to do some basic fact checking first.

Rahul


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