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[opensuse-project] Project name and logo discussion

I am myself afraid of this email, because this is about the basis of the
community, distributions, plans for foundation etc... Any change in regards
to all things outlined here will be controversial and will have huge influence
on the future of openSUSE as a whole. Take this very seriously, but also don't
take it too seriously because it doesn't change the way community operates,
but instead how it ends up being represented.

As mentioned in my talk week ago, I would like to change the openSUSE logo
to break it off of SUSE branding, however as Richard rightfully pointed out,
the suggestion should also mention changing the name of community and
distributions, to remove the `SUSE` part of `openSUSE`, on top of a few other
issues that are unrelated to foundation talks. [1,2]

We do need to tackle this now, considering we are going through vital parts
of the talks of the Foundation, and both trademarks are planned to be
transferred at some point, but it might be best to start off the foundation
with the name and logo that isn't necessarily tied to SUSE brand for easier
legal proceedings between SUSE and the project, depending on the community
outlook on the ideas.

openSUSE logo issues:
* older version of SUSE logo, which is similar enough to be confusing, also
will require agreement between future openSUSE Foundation and SUSE to use the
* colour is too bright and light to stand out well on light backgrounds [3]
* button variant looks the same as SUSE logo buttons, with the only exception
being colour (and SUSE tends to use similar green for buttons they haven't
updated in a long time)

For current proposals, and to propose more visit:

openSUSE name issues:
* contains `SUSE`, which will require agreement between future openSUSE
Foundation and SUSE to use the name (we will need this anyway, because we will
support older releases, but at least there would be some exit strategy when
everything goes south built into the name of the foundation)
* we are endlessly complaining about wrong capitalization (and will for the
rest of time), even SUSE has it easier with "only" SuSE, SuSe and Suse [4]
* FSF complains about `open`, although that works with openness of the
collaboration, more than `free` or `libre` would (not to mention that we do
have non-free repos) [5]

There has obviously been a lot of suggestions here, from various contributors,
stuff like `Viridian Foundation` works quite well for the purposes of the
naming, because it references SUSE, while not being directly tied to SUSE name
(although it might be too generic and hard to type).

More important than the name itself however is to decide if we want to change
the logo and/or the name at all, or we want to leave everything as is. If we do
decide for a change there we will be able to choose the name and the logo
through a vote, I or some other designer will just have to design and fix up
logos proposed by the community for the vote (like it was previously done with
the YaST mascot/logo, which looked crude before the redesign, but was a great
community idea). [6]


LCP [Stasiek]

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