[linux-elitists] [email@example.com: [LIG] Press Release on Aryabhatt Linux]
Sun Jun 4 10:54:14 PDT 2000
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From: Suresh Ramasubramanian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: "Nagarjuna G." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 20:28:03 +0530 (IST)
Subject: [LIG] Press Release on Aryabhatt Linux
in response to articles on `Aryabhatt Linux' as
the first Indian Operating System.
We introduce ourselves as the Linux Users Group, Bombay Chapter
(ilug-bom.org.in). We are a non-profit voluntary organisation actively
involved in promoting open source software. Our activities include
mailing lists for users, training, workshops, open source projects etc.
Our group constitutes more than 400 man years of Linux experience vested
in its members.
We draw your attention to the following articles which have
appeared in the publications mentioned below.
1. "Made-in-India Linux to go global", Express Computer dated
29/05/2000, page 1.
2. "Linux Technologies launches Aryabhatt Linux", Times
Computing dated 31/05/2000 page 5.
3. "Aryabhatt Linux", PC Quest dated June 2000 page 174.
... and several others.
In these articles there are numerous inconsistencies, false
claims and trademark violations made by the company Linux
Technologies Pvt. Ltd. We have evaluated their Linux
distribution Aryabhatt Linux and compared it with other currently
available distributions such as Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake etc.
Listed below are some of the findings:
1. RedHat Trademark Violation?: The packaging of Aryabhatt Linux
distribution mentions that it is "Based on RedHat Linux 6.1",
but fails to comply with RedHat's Licensing policy, as is
evident from the following excerpt taken from
" C. You may state that your product "is based on Red Hat=AE Linux X.X,"
but you must do so in a fashion that indicates that "Red Hat Linux" is
not the name or brand of your product and that Red Hat is not a source
or sponsor of your product. Some guidelines to follow on this point
" You must clearly indicate how your product differs from Red HatR
Linux. This includes listing the packages that you deleted from Red
HatR Linux and those that you added to your product, as well as
indicating any and all other changes you made. This information must
be clearly and prominently presented in all packaging, advertisements
and other marketing materials for your product in a typeface no
smaller than the typeface you use for the words "Red HatR Linux."
" The use of "Red HatR Linux" must be in a typeface (which includes
appearance, size and color) no larger than one-third the size of the
typeface used for the name of your product.
" The typeface you use for the words "Red HatR Linux" must be the same
typeface you use for other written text to describe your product. You
may not use a unique typeface for "Red HatR Linux" in order to set it
off from the other text included on your product.
" You may not do anything at all to state or imply that your product is
an official product of Red Hat, Inc. and may not do anything else to
create confusion in the market between your product and the products
of Red Hat, Inc.
" You must include the following statement in a prominent place in your
product packaging and in all marketing and promotional efforts for
"Red HatR is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. This product is
not a product of Red Hat, Inc. and is not endorsed by Red Hat, Inc.
This is a product of [name of publisher] and we have no relationship
with Red Hat, Inc."
2. Linux trademark violation?: Linux is a registered trademark of
Linus Torvalds who was the original developer of the Linux
kernel. He has permitted use of this trademark subject to an
explicit mention of his ownership. Neither their web site nor
the product packaging mentions this fact.
3. It is not an original Indian Linux distribution: The Aryabhatt
Linux is a distribution based on another Linux distribution
viz Red Hat Linux 6.1 as mentioned on the product packaging.
4. Misrepresentation of License: Most of the programs distributed
in Red Hat Linux are licensed as GPL (General Public
License). This licensing policy permits anybody to go through
the source code and modify as per their requirements. It also
explicitly requires the GPL to be mentioned clearly. Arybhatt
Linux does not seem to have been licensed under GPL since
the GPL copy on the CD is issued by Red Hat and not by Linux
Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
5. GPL requires distribution of source code as well as free
download of source code: Under GPL it is mandatory to
distribute source code FREE OF COST either on CD's or on ftp
sites. As on date Linux Technologies has not made any
provisions for the same. The company also does not have any
6. The Graphics Driver for SiS6215: Graphics Drivers for SiS6215 card
were developed by SuSE GmbH (suse.com) and XFree86 (xfree86.org)
and copyrighted under GPL. Linux Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
falsely claims to have developed the same.
7. Misuse of Linux Logo: The Linux logo which depicts a penguin
has been affectionately referred to for a long time as Tux by
the entire Linux community. It also appears on most of the web
sites, publications and articles pertaining to Linux. Other
Linux distributions also feature Tux on their packaging. By
writing Peggy across the penguin and registering it as their
own trademark, Linux Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has attempted to cash
in on the popularity of Tux and deeply hurt the sentiment of Linux
8. The picture on product packaging box: The product packaging
box as well as the step by step User Guide of Aryabhatt Linux
depict a picture of peggy surrounded by networked
computers. This picture was designed and copyrighted by
Jassubhai Digital Media and was published in the August 1999
issue of CHIP magazine, CHIP Linux special and Network
9. Most of the applications in any Linux Distribution are developed by
GNU (www.gnu.org). Linux Technologies Pvt. Ltd. does not
acknowledge the same.
10. Though Aryabhatt Linux is claimed as "customized for the
Indian user", as on date, it does not support any Indian
Language. And the claimed hardware support for the locally
assembled hardware already exists in other distributions of
11. On going through the step by step guide, we found numerous
inconsistencies and wrong information.
As Indians we would love to have an Indian Linux distribution but
we are thoroughly disappointed and disgusted with Aryabhatt
Linux's blatant attempt to hijack the efforts of the open source
and free software community. This ruthless exploitation of free,
open source software will tarnish the image of the Indian
software industry. We therefore urge you to set the record
straight as regards the claims of Linux Technologies Pvt. Ltd., if you
have published articles related to Aryabhatt Linux. For others who have
not published any reports, pleas consider this as information.
This message is released in public interest, and in the interest
of Open Source Software by the following active members of the
Indian Linux Users Group, Bombay Chapter:
Aditya Kulkarni email@example.com
Apurva Shah firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiran Jonnalagadda email@example.com
Kishor Bhagwat firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitul Limbani email@example.com
Parag Mehta firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Tellis email@example.com
Prakash Advani firstname.lastname@example.org
Prakash Shetty email@example.com
Rajen Parekh firstname.lastname@example.org
Rakesh Tiwari email@example.com
Sandesh Rao firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrence D'Souza email@example.com
Vikas Pawar firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Address: GNU/Linux User Group of India, Bombay Chapter
Mailing Address: Dr. Nagarjuna G.
Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education
TIFR, V.N. Purav Marg,
Mankhurd, Mumbai 400088
Phones: 091-22- 556 7711, 555 4712, 555 5242
Fax: 091 - 22 - 556 6803.
The LIG mailing list archives are available at:
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Suresh Ramasubramanian | sureshr at staff.juno.com
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