[linux-elitists] BurnAllRedHat?

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Thu Dec 13 10:54:58 PST 2001

begin M. Drew Streib quotation:

> Sorry to say that I have to support Red Hat on this one. Phillips is wrong
> that this is a GPL violation....

You know, we desperately need a proviso that if even the East German
judge rules that your claim of GPL violation is totally whacked, you owe
$100 to the FSF.  $500 if you make Slashdot.

> That said, using the phrase "based on Red Hat Linux" may still be ok, as
> long as you are clear that the actual product you are selling is not _the_
> "Red Hat Linux". The issue becomes one of confusion for the consumer.

But the Red Hat legal page claims that other vendors may not _mention_
the words "Red Hat" in product information and related advertising.
See:  http://www.redhat.com/about/corporate/trademark/page8.html

It's nearly enough to motivate me take out an ad for "Rick's Way-Better-
than-Fscking-Red-Hat CDs of Official Debian 2.2r4".

"Is it not the beauty of an asynchronous form of discussion that one can go and 
make cups of tea, floss the cat, fluff the geraniums, open the kitchen window 
and scream out it with operatic force, volume, and decorum, and then return to 
the vexed glowing letters calmer of mind and soul?" -- The Cube, forum3000.org

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