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Free Software Founation Listing [message #14] Fri, 09 February 2018 10:34 Go to next message
aryr100 is currently offline  aryr100
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Does FreeSlack have any plans to become listed as an officially approved FSF disto?
if Yes
Then has the process begun?

If anyone is looking at the process!
One can see the fsf site cannot post a link yet



Re: Free Software Founation Listing [message #15 is a reply to message #14] Fri, 09 February 2018 15:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
connie is currently offline  connie
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We have applied for the certification a while ago, and took several specific steps to get into compliance. Our original March 1 2016 request can be seen here:

https://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/gnu-linux-libre/2016-03/msg00001.html

An important July 31 2016 milestone, where we purge properly licensed mozilla products in order to comply with FSDG:

https://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/gnu-linux-libre/2016-07/msg00021.html

To the best of my recollection, we haven't received a software-related bug report since then. The next snag we've hit had to do with the name. For some reason, the fsf licensing team decided not to CC a public forum, but here it is:

received on 2017-04-06
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Hello again,

We've been discussing things with your application internally, and have
unfortunately hit a bit of a snag. The problem is that under our
guidelines, one of the rules is that the OS cannot have a name similar
to a non-endorsed distro:

"We will not list a distribution whose name makes confusion with nonfree
distributions likely. For example, if Foobar Light is a free
distribution and Foobar is a nonfree distribution, we will not list
Foobar Light. This is because we expect that the distinction between the
two would be lost in the process of communicating the message.

In particular, the principal name of the free distribution ("Foobar", in
this example) should not be part of the name of any nonfree distribution."

<https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html>

We've come to the determination that FreeSlack falls afoul of this.
Clearly, it is the 'Slack' portion of the name that is causing the
trouble ('Free' is fine!). This is obviously a pretty big ask, but I'm
afraid we can't move forward without a tweak to the name. I know you
omitted the 'ware' portion of the name, but we're still in the situation
where we are concerned that people will lose sight of the differences in
communicating about your distro.

Do you think this is something we could work together on fixing?

--
Sincerely,

Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation

We were actually ready for this eventuality, and so we kicked the ball back to them with options:

sent on 2017-04-11
Quote:
One more thing for your consideration, please.

How about "Freenix" as a distro name? Here's the closest we can find to a
relevant namespace collision:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenix/

The project above seems to be dead. There was never any activity, really, and
absolutely none since 2013. There is no Web front. So this is not an extant
distribution, and there are doubts as to whether this is working at all. No
domain names were taken by this entity, the best we can tell, and Matt just
nabbed freenix.org, just in case.

Please let us know in regard to

(1) FXP as distro name
(2) Freenix as distro name
(3) Using freeslack.org as a Web front for an appropriately-named distro

Thanks again, we hope to hear from you soon

We touched bases with them a couple of times since then, and they told us that we are definitely still under review, but we haven't heard anything in relation to our proposals.
Re: Free Software Founation Listing [message #16 is a reply to message #15] Sat, 10 February 2018 08:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
aryr100 is currently offline  aryr100
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What about the name = "Gnusiance"

I had been working on my own free spin but always a set back here & a set back there.
My thoughts where also ways only one DM and only desktop apps and services included.
As a member of the Free Software Fountain and long-time Slackware user, this is always a challenge.
Just my two cents, I would be happy to trans ownership of the domain name.
FYI: the name Gnusiance was originally used by the gNewsence project then they changed their name.
http://gnewsense.org/FAQ

[Updated on: Thu, 15 February 2018 13:49]

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Re: Free Software Founation Listing [message #17 is a reply to message #16] Sat, 10 February 2018 12:32 Go to previous message
connie is currently offline  connie
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Heh I never liked that particular name (no opinion about the distro itself), but thanks anyway Smile
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