[conspire] Generic Linux?

Ehud Kaldor ehud.kaldor at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 12:49:35 PDT 2010

However, I must agree 'Linux' is a generic term representing many
brands, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Slackware and many more. In that
sense, it is as generic as Windows, which represents Windows NT, 95, 7
and all. There is no OS called The Linux, and Fedora is A Linux, and
not a derivative or offshoot  of Linux. My 3 cents.

On 6/11/10, roger at rogerchrisman.com <roger at rogerchrisman.com> wrote:
> 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.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux
> Hachoo!!
> Roger
> 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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