Joined: Mar. 2005
||Posted: Jan. 17 2008,06:21
|Quote (lucky13 @ Jan. 16 2008,07:37)|
|Comes with 22.214.171.124 |
Huh? You're kidding. If it uses Linux then it's not BSD at all. Did you do uname -a and get that? I only skimmed the site but presumed they were using FreeBSD bootstrap and a reduced FreeBSD kernel.
|Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, no?|
I didn't want to say any more, but I think there could be a bigger problem than just imitation.
Suppose you wanted to develop a new cola. You come up with a standard cola flavor profile, then decide to package it in red cans with white stripes and call it Coca Kola. Is that a flattering imitation? Or does it cross lines involving existing trademarks, etc.?
IMO, it's a bit more than an imitator. And I know Coca Cola would feel even more strongly about something like that. Taking nearly identical goals and packages and using the primary trademarked name of an existing company or project crosses the line.
This is as unacceptable as when "Lindows" was infringing Microsoft's trademark, and as wrong as it would be for a BSD project to come along and use a trademarked name like "Red Hat BSD" or "SlackBSD."
Considering the differences in BSD and Linux, its more like someone took a Sprite/Lemon-lime drink, and called it Coca Sprite.
But, sure, calling it Damn Small was probably a way to gain notoriety offa DSL's success. Maybe they should call it Really Small, Damn Tiny, F'ing Miniature, etc.