Article: "Fixing linux" - opinions?

C L Smith marz at
Sat Dec 13 16:32:39 UTC 2008

On Sat, 2008-12-13 at 16:16 +0000, Noah Slater wrote:
> False. You cannot modify the Firefox logo.

This seems to be a matter of semantics. You cannot modify the Firefox
logo, but you CAN replace it. The software itself is free, as you
redistribute it as you wish, as long as it is unbranded. It is the
brand, not the software, that is, unfortunately, non-free.

> Firefox is the name of the software when branded as Firefox.
> When branded as Firefox, with the logo and the name, the software is
> non-free.

It depends whether you believe that the software includes the logo and
the name. Evidently, people's opinions differ on that point. I
personally believe that the freedom of the software is based upon the
freedom of the source, not upon the freedom of brand.

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