[conspire] Generic Linux?

roger at rogerchrisman.com roger at rogerchrisman.com
Fri Jun 11 12:11:04 PDT 2010

Oh dear, now I've done it. I deleted "is a generic term that" from the
Wikipedia "Linux" article. I think the article is better this way so
that people like Mike Cassidy, who may not know what an operating
system kernel is, don't start calling BSD generically linux or some
other weirdness.



On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> 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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