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Comment: Re:IANL (Score 2) 268

by eclectro (#48359729) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

The GNOME desktop guys need to stop acting like they own the word "gnome".

Said the poster quoting executives inside Groupon!

As far as operating systems are concerned, they do in fact "own" the word "gnome." That is by definition of what a trademark is.

The gnome foundation does have a right to be concerned. With an point of sale system that offers a "gnome" operating environment, end users could easily confuse the two. And it seriously could affect the Gnome Foundation's ability to conduct any business in the future as their mark would be seriously diluted.

What is also disturbing is the hubris behind this. Clearly Groupon thought that they could steamroll over the Gnome Foundation!

I am not a user of gnome, and I know that developers and users have had disagreements with Gnome in the past, but that doesn't mean that users of open source software shouldn't stand behind the Gnome Foundation on this issue. As they have made significant contributions to GPL code and promoting open source software. This really is a no-brainer.

Comment: Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 1) 284

by eclectro (#48260469) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

You'll notice that the US spends more than practically any country, and gets among the worst results.

You need to include those on the hardware end as well. Otherwise companies would just end up shafting a different type of tech worker. So not just programmers but tech workers in general.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700

by eclectro (#48208989) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You get what you pay for. Unless good counterfeits are a high percentage of the market you will know the price. You KNOW the real price. Those discounts are "too good to be true".

Except that the end consumer has zero knowledge about these counterfeit chips inside whatever they bought. And my guess is a most slashdotters do not either, until it stops working because of FTDI.

Comment: Re:More specific (Score 4, Informative) 155

by eclectro (#48202357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Could you be a little more specific about the kind of software this is about?
That might reveal why people shy away from the project.

Tangentially, you manage to bring up a very good point. One huge problem is the software projects might be using. A number of companies open sourced their software before the notion of a 'standardized' license method became prevalent. If a project is not Mozilla, GPL, or BSD compatible then it will have a very hard time attracting new developers. I know would not want to work on something that did not have a useful open source license. I would encourage the submitter to make sure whatever he is working on have a standard, permissive as possible license (if possible) before he closes shop.

I know one interesting project (from a historical perspective) that suffers from this is the Open Watcom compiler with its non-compatible Sybase Public License. This project fits the submitter's description to a tee. I bet there are others like this. At least POV-Ray got around to fixing their license finally.

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh