Subject: Re: The NetBSD developers agreement
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Andrew Reilly <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/06/2006 08:00:09
On Tue, Sep 05, 2006 at 06:38:22PM +0200, Martin Husemann wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2006 at 12:08:55PM -0400, Charles M. Hannum wrote:
> > [..]  but the
> > Foundation, to my knowledge, never did anything about that clear abuse
> > of the trademark.
> Your knowledge is not correct in this case,  the Foundation did protect the
> NetBSD trademark vs. the usage on the wasabi web page - which may be one of
> the reasons they redesigned it.

You guys really are nuts.  Wasabi's endorsement of NetBSD can
only have been positive for the project.  I certainly saw it as
such while it was being used that way.  That it was the project
(or the Foundation) that drove them to stop endorsing NetBSD,
rather than a move initiated by their corporate image people
beggars belief.

FreeBSD gets tremendous publicity and a positive image for being
associated with Apple and OS/X, and Apple is not stingy with
references to the project on their web site.  What's the point
of having a trademark or name if you aren't going to accept
people using it to refer to the project?  What's the point of
working on a BSD-licenced operating system if you're not going to
enthusiastically encourage use of it by people or companies who
actually make (and sell) products?