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Comment Re:Illustration of the issue (Score 1) 196

I've worked in hosting, infrastructure, and development for nearly fifteen years. People who care about running Red Hat compatible solutions (frequently for dev or QA environments where RHEL is running in production) deploy CentOS. People who care about RH** certifications deploy CentOS. People who care about deploying mass shared hosting or control panel based solutions crud deploy CentOS. The rest of the world tends to deploy other distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu, or the various BSD flavors.

Given the various train wrecks (political infighting, months without security updates owing the such issues at one point, etc) involving the CentOS project, and given my general love of Debian over the years in terms of stability and security, whenever I have found myself in need of a distribution that pursues RHEL compatibility I simply deploy Scientific Linux. It's a distro maintained by the kind folks at CERN and Fermilab, and gets the job done just fine.

Comment Let's fly a kite. (Score 2) 103

In consideration of recent coverage of the matter, and referencing my previous /. comment on an attempt to promote open source operating systems to kids via kites, I think I'll just go ahead and start producing small scale production of kites with the Ubuntu logo on them. After all, my goal is to support introducing people to Ubuntu, and I honestly don't care what the entity known as Canonical thinks about this anymore. If they care enough, they can sue me if they want, and they can explain it to my kids later. Doing this today, I'll be sure to include a kite with a Debian sail with each Ubuntu kite, just to be sure kids know what Ubuntu is derived from and give credit where it's due.

Comment Re:Illustration of the issue (Score 1) 196

You, remember, are asking for permission to display a logo where no relationship exists between you and Canonical, and where none is implied.

I won't bother quoting more of your reply, since it's all repetitious regurgitation of the quoted text. You've entirely missed the point that asking for permission to utilize a trademark, in other words asking for a license to use the trademark, is how you establish a relationship. In this case, it would have been for promoting open source operating systems via a means that would have been fairly interesting to kids without trying to deliver the initial message through a computer screen. Damage the mark? Are you serious? You're demonstrating you know absolutely nothing about how trademark dilution of licensing concerns work.

Sadly, there is a huge difference between many of the aims of the Ubuntu community and those of Canonical, and there's a sincere lack of imagination on the part of the latter, at least in terms of the folks they have "answering the phones" in their legal and PR departments. I imagine you'd fit in well, though.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 222

and nothing has the long-term mortality of nicotine

With a BS in neuroscience and an IQ of 151, I made the foolish assumption that you would have been informed enough to know that nicotine isn't what kills tobacco users; it's the countless carcinogens and ancillary destructive compounds in said products that produces fatalities. Nicotine alone, in the dosages consumed by routine users of products containing the chemical, is no more harmful from a physiological perspective than caffeine. Perhaps you should educate yourself further before posting again.

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