Technical steps to debrand Ubuntu?

William Scott Lockwood III vladinator at
Wed Sep 12 23:34:08 UTC 2012

On Sep 12, 2012 6:28 PM, "Oliver Grawert" <ogra at> wrote:
> hi,
> On Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:54:16 +0100
> Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
> > So it seemed to me that to replace all these meant essentially
> > rebuilding the whole distro to remove all uses of the word "ubuntu"
> > *ANYWHERE* as that is their trademark which they explicitly and
> > specifically told my company that we could not use.
> >
> thats technically impossible, the word ubuntu is even in the version
> numbers of packages ... the only thing you have to remove is the
> trademarked stuff like logos etc and you cant use the name ubuntu
> in/for your product .... i.e. if you would do a spanish distro with
> enlightenment as the desktop based on ubuntu, you couldnt call it
> "hispabuntu" without canonicals approval ...(similar to iceweasle vs
> firefox)
> there are plenty of derivative distros based on ubuntu ... most of them
> just using or even the isos as a base
> ciao
>         oli

And while I doubt the company in question wants to do so, someone really
should take Canonicals ass to court over that. You cannot trademark common
words regardless of the language used. Otherwise, just trademark the word
"the" and force the world to stop using it. Lol

When you consider the meaning and intent of the word in it's native
language, that is particularly egregious abuse indeed.
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