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Re: [opensuse-project] Election Committee Set to Open Vote on Project Name
Am 08.10.19 um 07:28 schrieb Michal Kubecek:
On Monday, 7 October 2019 17:36 Christian Boltz wrote:
As an example: Today, SUSE could in theory go crazy and deny using the
"openSUSE" trademark instantly - simply because they own the
trademark. (To make it clear: there's no indication they'll do this,
and they would probably harm themself by doing so.)
OTOH, when we have a foundation (and decide to keep the name
"openSUSE"), we'll make sure that the foundation gets non-revokable
permissions to use the openSUSE trademark, or even owns the trademark,
which means SUSE wouldn't be able to stop us from using the name

If you want to go down this path and consider what could SUSE do to harm
openSUSE project if they went crazy, do you think the name and trademark
issue is the biggest problem? To me, it sounds a bit like the famous "If
someone gets the password to your system, he can log in and change your
desktop theme."

So to me the whole stunt sounds like a vote between:

1. do you want to take an active role in making openSUSE truely independent of
2. are you ok with SUSE basically owning the project and you surf along?

Because there is hardly a middle way.

Greetings, Stephan

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and
don't get so worked up about things.
Kenneth Branagh
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