Domain names

William from Texas williamfromtexas at
Mon Jan 9 17:47:15 UTC 2012

We could change the name to "Fellowship of the Software Freedom e.V (FSFE)"
and address the fellow membership issue as well!

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM, Kostas Boukouvalas <boukouvalas at>wrote:

> On 05/01/2012 01:04 μμ, William from Texas wrote:
> > Seeing as <> redirects to
> > <>, I don't think the brand is being weakened. "FSFE"
> > would seem to be the leading acronym, with "FSF Europe" maybe used at
> > times to show stronger affiliation as "a European branch of the FSF".
> > Not having reviewed any charters, though, I can't be sure how accurate
> > the real situation is or should be.
> >
> > Compare:
> >  - "FSFE initiated talks with Danish MEPs." -> An org called FSFE is
> > talking with MEPs in Denmark.
> >  - "FSF Europe initiated talks with Danish MEPs." -> The FSF is talking
> > with Danish MEPs through it's EU office.
> >
> This would be very misleading, given that FSFE is not the European
> branch of the FSF. Even FSF, at their page calls it "sister
> organisation". (See above the www badges at the bottom of the page).
> > A primary acronym should be official, but a balanced "E vs Europe" mix
> > can be useful in raise public awareness depending on context.
> In many ways we could raise public awareness. We could for example make
> a hack and rename FSFE to EFSF so journalists, governments, the whole
> world could take it for European Financial Stability Facility and so we
> could be famous in dt.
> But how effective this would be for GNU/Linux to raise its market share
> on desktops more than 1,2%?
> --
> FSFE Fellow
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