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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Freeslack website

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Freeslack website
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:11:26 -0400
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On 03/23/2018 03:23 PM, KRT Listmaster wrote:
> GNU would fail this same criterion if proposed today.  Just a thought.

great point - i think it gets right to the core of that somewhat vague
criteria - although indefinite, the intention is clearly to avoid
confusion - there is no reasonable confusion in the name "GNU is not
UINX" - that is very explicitly a disclaimer of any association -
similarly "Free-Slack is not Slackware" should be as acceptable as
"GNU"; whereas "Free-Slackware" could be easily mis-interpreted -
"Free-Slack" falls in the grey area between because "slack" is a common
short-hand or nickname for "slackware"

but i will add that, if taken to the extreme interpretation, the same is
true for *every* distro that ends with *nix and i dont think anyone is
confused that any of them actually *are* associated with UNIX or bell
labs, nor that they are even attempting to imply any such thing -
after-all, the FSF endorsed "musix" - the *ix in that name is surely not
arbitrary; but a tip of the hat to UNIX - and musix was not expected to
disclaim that: "musix is not a musical unix"

"GNU" could be more accurately presented as "GNU is not UNIX - (but it
is very much like UNIX)" - fully acknowledging their work *by name*; but
still with no reasonable confusion or implications of association - the
manor of presentation seems to be very important here; so im not so sure
if this criteria could be made to be both rigid and comprehensive

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