Thursday, February 19, 2004

After a prolonged legal battle with Microsoft over their name, the desktop Linux system formerly known as Lindows is now called Lin---s (pronounced LinDash). Weirder still, this is only in the countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Sweden: elsewhere the name is still Lindows. So there's a link at the top of their two website to click to the appropriately named product.

All of this makes me wonder what else might be considered an infringing name:

  • if i started selling a system called Lin-s (only one dash), would i be infringing on Lin---s' name?
  • what if i called my system LinDashes?
  • if i want to refer to their name without actually saying it, do i use Lin***s (in the tradition of Un*x)?

It's all so confusing.


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