Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 12, 2006 03:07 AM
You have completely missed the issue here. Debian's intent is not to change the source code or deliver a new product. Their intent is to deliver "Firefox." However, because the logo is trademarked, they can't deliver the logo with "Firefox." Furthermore, Debian has a standardized way of delivering software and updates. Mozilla objects to this delivery process and wants to control it. They also object to the use of the name "Firefox" without the logo.
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, clashes are unavoidable. Mozilla and Debian both have good reasons for their positions. In the short run, this will hurt Mozilla more than Debian. Debian users will be quite happy to use "Iceweasel." In the long run, there will be more confusion and less people using "Firefox," which will hurt all of us in the end.