Groupon admits defeat in war over GNOME trademark

In today's open source roundup: Groupon backs off claims to the GNOME trademark. Plus: Nine of the best Linux distributions, and a proprietary Linux would have cost more than one trillion dollars

Groupon loses war with the open source community over GNOME trademark

Yesterday I covered Groupon's attempt to seize the GNOME trademark for a tablet product. Well it didn't take long for the folks at Groupon to realize that they had made a dreadful mistake in taking on the open source community. The company has quickly backed off and will now leave GNOME alone.

Groupon admits defeat in a blog post:

After additional conversations with the open source community and the Gnome Foundation, we have decided to abandon our pending trademark applications for “Gnome.” We will choose a new name for our product going forward.

More at Groupon Engineering

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Linux users on Reddit celebrated their victory and speculated on what motivated Groupon to change course so quickly:

"I wouldn't be surprised if there was an internal division over this at groupon, where the engineers said something like this blog post and management overruled them. 80K later, the engineers say "told you so," and the company quickly pivots."

"Sadly it seems the only reason they're backing down is the GNOME Foundation now look like they're able to raise the $80,000 required to pay lawyers to defend their mark."

More at Reddit

A grateful GNOME Foundation thanked the open source community for its support:

Thank you so much for your donations and help in spreading the word! We are overwhelmed and reinvigorated by the support we received from everyone...

There is something amazing about free software – it’s ethical technology but it also creates a fantastic community of people who are willing to fight for what’s right. It’s taken us a tremendous amount of time and effort to deal with this issue in the months leading up to our announcement and it will take us a little time to regroup. We’ll keep you posted as the matter resolves fully.

More at GNOME.org

Nine of the best Linux distributions

Sometimes it can be tough to decide which Linux distribution might be right for your desktop needs. Datamation has put together a list of what it thinks are the nine best Linux distributions. As always such lists are subjective, but they can be a good place to start if you are in the market for a desktop distribution.

For the sake of variety, I've also included recent lists from TechRadar and How To Geek. The last two lists were not numbered so I've included their choices in the order that they appeared in each article.

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