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Re: [Xen-devel] open source and trademark

To: Steven Hand <steven.hand@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] open source and trademark
From: Brian Stein <bstein@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 14:34:03 -0400
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Steven Hand wrote:

In my opinion this is similar to the issue that Debian had with Mozilla browser
trademark discussion(http://lwn.net/Articles/118268/).  Our philosophy on
using open source software is very much in alignment with the Debian Free
Software Guidelines (http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines). I don't want to bore everyone on this mailing list with Virtual Iron guidelines for open source software usage, but the most important item to us is free redistribution, without any hindrance. We take this approach with all of the open source software that we create and release to the community, pure GPL, with no hindrance of any sort.

Xen is distributed under the GPL. At any point you can do anything you want with the code (use it, modify it, encrypt it, freely redistribute it, put it on a CD or a website or
a t-shirt, etc, etc, etc).

I do agree you with you that there is a naming issue.


There's a well-defined notion of what is "Xen" - the software built openly by this

As long as that's the only thing that's _called_ "Xen", we'll be fine.

If only everything was as simple as using the term Linux.

Given internal (and external) concerns with our upcoming inclusion of a hypervisor-based on a popular open source project, we're considering using a neutral reference:

'CNH' - Common Neutral Hypervisor

I hope this is an acceptable term for others with similar issues.


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