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On Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:15:42 -0500
Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at kitterman.com> wrote:
> None of these are derivatives (Mint is a derivative). These are other
> distribution products developed in the Ubuntu project. I think it's
> much more correct to refer to them as siblings to Ubuntu (Desktop) and
> Ubuntu Server.
> I know you didn't make up this terminology, but in no sense of the word
> is derivative correct.
> Scott K
I have heard several times that the word "derivative" is incorrect when
referring to these distributions based on Ubuntu. Why is it incorrect?
According to the definition:
derivative (comparative more derivative, superlative most derivative)
1. Imitative of the work of someone else.
2. (law, copyright law) Referring to a work, such as a translation
or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to
Perhaps Kubuntu, having been developed alongside of Ubuntu is not a
derivative, but the others are very much "adapted or based on another
work" (Ubuntu). I can not any definition that excludes this adaption
from being a derivative.
Maybe an explanation of why this word is wrong is in order here?
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