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Re: [opensuse-project] Election Committee Set to Open Vote on Project Name

On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM, george kanakis <gkanos@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, 1 Oct 2019 at 13:54, Administrator
<admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 1 Oct 2019, at 10:29, Stasiek Michalski <hellcp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 4:31 PM, jdd@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Le 30/09/2019 à 14:18, Simon Lees a écrit :
>>> This is not to say that an openSUSE foundation will neccesarily hold the
>>> openSUSE trademarks
>> I would like to have clarified the fact that what mean "name change"
>> IMHO, the *foundation* name and the *project* name do not have to be the same. Ubuntu is backed by Canonical... not the same name at all.
>> so why is the vote for? Name of the project? Name of the foundation?
>
> This is a huge simplification of how Ubuntu and Canonical operate,
> Ubuntu has Ubuntu Foundation, which is supported by Canonical. Ubuntu by
> itself is a name for `Foundation`, what we would call `Project` and the
> `Distribution`. For us openSUSE is a name for the `Project` and that's
> it.

A few lightweight comments:

1) this question reminds me strangely of the Brexit referendum as it’s a simple question with one path familiar and the other totally undefined. I think it will produce the same kind of result … people dissatisfied with the status-quo will vote against without voting for something deliverable.

2) at the same time as they vote, if they choose “change" they should be asked how much time they will contribute. If the answer is zero, their vote is discarded. If it’s some time, then keep them to their commitment.

3) the openSUSE brand is long inthe market and well recognised. Why are we proposing to throw away that value?

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As a non-member and not able to vote, i can only state my opinion.

I consider the point fact that a foundation is needed and it may be
required to be disconnected from SUSE but the openSUSE brand name is
not to be thrown away so lightly.

The foundation can have a different name and the project can keep its
original name which make it well-known around the opensource world.

In the end, none of this might matter, legally using a trademark is
using a trademark, in whichever context we need to use it. Project isn't
magically outside the law when the foundation has a different name.

LCP [Stasiek]
https://lcp.world


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