Experimental UserLinux packages for Ubuntu
Posted Mar 29, 2005 17:42 UTC (Tue) by frazier
In reply to: Experimental UserLinux packages for Ubuntu
Parent article: Experimental UserLinux packages for Ubuntu
Ubuntu with a UserLinux wrapper is still Ubuntu.
> That's weird, I thought UserLinux was open-source.
UserLinux is free software (and open source).
We do have protections on our marks though, so businesses using UserLinux will know they are using UserLinux and not something else (such as Ubuntu with a UserLinux art package).
If you haven't read through the Mark Protection Policy ( http://www.userlinux.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Mark_Protection_... ), it explains why the restrictions on the name and logo are necessary (note that keeping the software free is an important value mentioned in point #4 under Restrictions). If you have any further questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
Mark protection is very common in more established non-profit organizations because they have seen abuses over time. Free software is very young compared to the likes of the American Red Cross or the Better Business Bureau who have been around for many decades. They have learned the lessons that are emerging for free software today.
An example of mark protection activity for an organization in action:
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