[conspire] Generic Linux?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jun 11 11:24:15 PDT 2010

Quoting Roger Chrisman (roger at rogerchrisman.com):

> Is Linux generic?

In a journalistic sense of meaning 'kernel and (by extension) system
framework underlying many and diverse distributions', not the trademark
legal sense.

The 'Linux' brand within the area of computing is trademarked by Linus
Torvalds and administered by the Linux Mark Institute.

(Once or twice in the last couple'a decades, some other twinke, such as
one Mr. della Croche of Boston, attempted to assert trademark over the
name Linux and related trade dress in order to shake down the Linux
community for money, so Linus finally took out a formal Federal
registered trademark, $330 every 10 years, to make sure they couldn't
try that, any more.)

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