Making Kubuntu look like Ubuntu

Stephen Holt steverwanda at
Wed Jul 12 11:24:05 BST 2006

Hi Jonathan,

I'm a little confused by what course of action you're recommending.
Could I register to call the distro "Ubuntu Rwanda" for instance, and
having done so could I then legitimately edit the Ubuntu logo in some
way to put on kdm, kicker and ksplash?

At present we don't have our own full distribution, I'm just intending
to install Kubuntu first from the standard CD and then install other
bits of software, the necessary KDE language files and the cosmetic
changes necessary to make it "Ubuntu" piecemeal, though we will be
looking to put everything onto one CD eventually.


--- Jonathan Riddell <jr at> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 08:54:26PM +0100, Stephen Holt wrote:
> > I'm working on the Kinyarwanda localization of Linux, and we're
> very
> > keen to have the Operating System be known as "Ubuntu" as that is
> > actually a word in the language (somewhat coincidentally - I
> believe
> > the OS is named after a Zulu word but Kinyarwanda shares the same
> bantu
> > roots).
> kubuntu-devel is the correct list for this e-mail.
> > The trouble is that we have only localized KDE so far, which means
> I
> > want to be using "Kubuntu". I have managed to change the startup
> screen
> > using update-alternatives --config but am not
> sure
> > what to do about the splash screens during login and KDE startup.
> > 
> > So far I have hand-altered the following images:
> > /usr/share/apps/kdm/themes/kubuntu/Dialog.png
> > /usr/share/apps/ksplash/Themes/kubuntu/Dialog.png
> > /usr/share/apps/kicker/pics/kubuntu-kmenu-side.png
> > 
> > to simply remove the K from the beginning of the word, but I am
> unsure
> > if this is legal to distribute, or whether those images are in fact
> > copyrighted.
> The copying licences is in /usr/share/doc/kubuntu-default-settings,
> they're all Free.  
> However you shouldn't call your distribution "Ubuntu" since that will
> confuse it with the actual Ubuntu.  There's also a trademark licence
> needed if you choose to call it e.g. "Kinyarwanda Ubuntu", this is
> freely available, see
> Please keep me updated with your project, we're always interested in
> distributions derived from Kubuntu.
> Jonathan
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