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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
The sad consequence of this is that the browser known as "Mozilla firefox" is no more free software, though it's code-base is, and should not be advertised as such.
Mozilla firefox is no more free software.
Posted Sep 25, 2006 19:12 UTC (Mon) by alonso (subscriber, #2828)
Posted Sep 25, 2006 20:43 UTC (Mon) by k8to (subscriber, #15413)
Yes they are both restrictions, but one is a restriction of a name which
follows the natural use patterns of that name, while the other name
restriction is highly arbitrary and counterproductive for the normal use
patterns of that software and its associated name.
Posted Sep 28, 2006 8:20 UTC (Thu) by Jel (guest, #22988)
Posted Sep 29, 2006 17:51 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
What part of the definition of free software doesn't allow this restriction?
The restriction on the software we're talking about is this: You can't distribute any derivative of this software under the name "Firefox" without Mozilla's permission.
For all the value I see in free software, I don't see any in free naming.
Debian isn't free software then either
Posted Sep 25, 2006 23:49 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
why is this acceptable for Debian, and Evil for Mozilla?
Posted Sep 26, 2006 6:19 UTC (Tue) by DYN_DaTa (guest, #34072)
Posted Sep 26, 2006 8:46 UTC (Tue) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
Posted Sep 27, 2006 17:54 UTC (Wed) by hooty (subscriber, #7374)
Posted Sep 28, 2006 7:10 UTC (Thu) by branden (subscriber, #7029)
Posted Sep 26, 2006 10:06 UTC (Tue) by k8to (subscriber, #15413)
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