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Re: [opensuse-project] Project name and logo discussion

On Monday 2019-06-03 10:35, Richard Brown wrote:

From my point of view, there a number of benefits of renaming the
openSUSE Project [...] Trademarks are only enforceable if they're
considered unique.

Pipe dream: Have the foundation own the trademark and sublicense it
to SUSE Linux GmbH. Probably won't work, but at least the thought was

Do you think openSUSE should change it's name?

("its", please.)

.. I would not mind a name change. The real long-timers already incurred
a name change, so to speak, from SUSE to openSUSE, and, in a limited
sense, again from openSUSE to Leap. One need not agree with the board,
but judging from the Oak-vs-Leap decision at the time, they seem quite
mindful as to what they decide. It is the one place where I feel
representative democracy works.

The project's focus is technical ("best platform for developers" or so I
remember someone from, I think, a Czech member), so the hope is that the
project will be judged by that and not so much by its name. (Think
"What's in a name?" / "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet".)

The *SUSE distributions have, over time, grown some "misnormers" in
specific areas, which lend itself to a potential new mascot (if such
should be needed in the course of actions):

- the SUSE mascot "Geeko", a chameleon, oddly makes a reference
with its name to quite a different suborder of reptilia: geckos.

- the isolinux/grub bootloader implementation on the openSUSE ISOs
features the filename "kroete.dat", German for the class of
frog/toad amphibia, so not even chameleon/gecko reptilia.

All I'd ask for is keeping some element, such as the chameleon, the
gecko, the secret amphibic identity, or the letter "S", that'd be great;
furthermore, a must-have is the primary colour "green" (in one of its
many shades anyway).

[As for Stasiek's contrast concern, #000000 works better with
#73ba25 than #ffffff does, says that website ;-) ]
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