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Re: [opensuse-project] Project name and logo discussion
On 6/3/19 4:35 AM, Richard Brown wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 08:02, Stasiek Michalski <hellcp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

So despite the challenges and disruption that any rename could cause,
I do see the benefits, especially around the trickier parts of the
upcoming Foundation negotiations.

That said, my view is only one. if the community is abhorrently
against the idea of renaming, that's good to know, and the Board will
factor in the feedback into our negotiations with SUSE as we work
towards forming the Foundation.

Either way, we really need to have a good understanding of what the
community at large feel on this topic. If we don't have the discussion
now, it will likely be too late once legal entities and agreements
between SUSE & openSUSE are formalised.

So whatever your views, please sound off in this thread, even if your
view is already echoed by others.

Do you think openSUSE should change it's name?

I think the answer, as with everything, is it depends ;)

If the questions I am about to ask have already been answered then please forgive my ignorance and point me in the right direction.

I believe the decision of the name change is logically closely coupled to the reason the Foundation idea is being pursued again.

Way back when the idea of a foundation was first pursuit it was primarily driven by the idea that the project should be as independent as possible from the primary corporate sponsor to achieve isolation from whatever happens in the corporate world. Since that time SUSE has gone through a number of corporate transitions and as a community I'd say we haven't really been negatively effected, from my point of view.

But if the goal of the foundation is to "be independent" then that would suggest a name/branding/logo i.e. pretty much everything change. Personally I am not a big fan but if the foundation's goal is to create independence from SUSE, then IMHO that's the way it has to be.

If, on the other hand, the goal of forming a foundation is primarily to establish a legal entity such that other sponsors have a place to send money without writing a check to SUSE and thus getting the impression that they bolster SUSE's bottom line. Then a name change is not going to be beneficial, IMHO.

So the underlying question, and with that back to my intro. Is there a statement by the board or others as to the underlying reasons why a foundation is being pursuit (again)? And why now?


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