>Debian, Mozilla, and Firefox - oh my!

7:59 PM

>Ok, I've stayed quiet about this long enough.

For those that may not know, there is a debate going on right now between Debian and Mozilla over the use of the Firefox name in their version of the browser.

It basically boils down to this - Debian doesn't put out the original Firefox code but evidently modifies it to some extent and releases it with the name "Firefox" but no icon. Mozilla isn't ok with modified code being released with only half of the Firefox branding, and from what I understand requested that Debian either:


  • a. Start reporting all modifications made back to Mozilla and use the Firefox logo



  • b. Remove the Firefox name from the browser


(a.) seems reasonable enough to me, although Debian can't play along with it for obvious reasons (the logo). (b.) seems reasonable as well, and Debian can play along with this one. So all happy, right?

Nope. Right now it seems the entire Debian community is up in arms about the whole thing. They're going to rename the browser IceWeasel (which is probably one of the most stupid names I've ever heard and I voted against it but my vote wasn't enough obviously ;)). Regardless, I don't have an issue with them renaming it, or even with what they're naming it. I do however have an issue with the attitude they're showing about it. Rather than be adults they've been kicking and screaming and setting up a huge fuss about it when it honestly is not as big of a deal as they want to make it out to be.

Debian, you have got to get your act together and start playing the adult. Your kicking and fussing is not only bad for the Linux community, but a poor representation of it as well. Sometimes the strong and silent stance is the best route to go.

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  1. >The whole thing seems pretty silly. Many other open source projects require that the name be changed if the code is heavily modified, so Debian should be used to this by now.

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  2. >The whole thing seems pretty silly. Many other open source projects require that the name be changed if the code is heavily modified, so Debian should be used to this by now.

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