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Re: An official trademark policy for CheapBytes-type RHL CDs?

James J. Ramsey wrote:
There is a vast difference between a hint that can be
misunderstood or misinterpreted and being direct.
References to names being changed for "legal reasons"
could be considered a sign that something is fishy
about the CD. As long as Red Hat has its own retail
distribution, that works to Red Hat's advantage, since
confused users looking for a canonical distribution of
Red Hat Linux could just buy a box clearly labeled
"Red Hat" from Red Hat. THAT WILL NO LONGER BE AN
The issue wasn't that Red Hat was losing sales to the other distributers but rather that customers from the other distributers expected the same level of technical support(free) that the people who bought an official boxed received.

Sorry to shout, but it makes no sense to me for Red Hat to rely on third parties for CD distribution
I don't imagine that Red Hat does *rely* on third parties for CD distribution. They still have their FTP site open so that uncle Bob can pull them down and burn them for everyone that wants them. Besides, purely from a commercial standpoint, customers who don't buy boxed sets, support or RHN subscriptions are not *customers* and Red Hat doesn't have to protect themselves from losing that nonexistent income.

after shot at top of lungs**) while forcing them to
tap dance about what they are distributing.
Let's be honest. Red Hat has, does and probably will continue to do a LOT to support and promote the Open Source community. They don't strike me as some petty little empire builder bent on "owning" their users.

-- (¬_ Some days you're the windshield >o) //\ Some days you're the bug... /\\ V_/_ _\_V Charles Bronson

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