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Old 09-07-2010, 05:37 PM
"Paul W. Frields"
Default MeeGo no-go, spin still go-go?

Hi Marketing folks,

Peter Robinson, a Fedora contributor in the Mini SIG, has worked
previously on the Moblin based Fedora spin, and has been working on a
spin that includes MeeGo software. He has been talking to some of the
folks involved in MeeGo about their compliance testing, which is a
requirement for us to use the MeeGo marks.[1][2]

Unfortunately what we've heard about the compliance requirements
(which have yet to be published AFAIK) is that we'd be required to
ship and use ConnMan, a nonstandard userspace network control stack
that is not compatible with NetworkManager. This is not in Fedora for
several reasons, one of the most obvious among them being it would be
very confusing to maintain two entirely separate and incompatible
network control stacks of this type.

This doesn't mean we won't have this particular spin, but it will
affect our use of the MeeGo name and trademark. The spin will
probably need to be renamed in some way. We can say the spin contains
some MeeGo software, which is fair use because it is a true statement.
The MeeGo name would need to be marked with proper trademark

Peter is considering options for renaming the spin accordingly, and
swapping out any required artwork, which he believes is not a
substantial amount of work. If anyone is interested in helping Peter,
please get in touch with him via the Spins SIG.

I've told you everything I know about the issue here -- I'm letting
Marketing know about the issue so that the team can keep in touch with
Peter to make sure F14 talking points and any other F14 material like
the one-page, "shiny" release notes are kept in sync. I told Peter I
would send on this message on his behalf, because he's quite busy at
work but he wanted other involved teams to know what was going on.

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[1] http://meego.com/about/trademark

[2] Using the mark is also subject to other restrictions such as when
juxtaposing it with another product name like Fedora. Fedora
already has agreement with the Linux Foundation on a suitable name
and permission to use it, but that's contingent on passing the
compliance testing.

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