[Foundation] Clarifications On Name Change Proposal

Jan Niehusmann jan at gondor.com
Tue Jul 1 11:41:47 CDT 2003

On Tue, Jul 01, 2003 at 09:05:47AM -0600, Tony Bamonti wrote:
> That work is on-going in good faith between both parties.   However, if the
> membership determines that the "Jabber" trademark is no longer an important
> part of the JSF's name or role then this arrangement will likely be
> canceled.

So, can anybody more involved in these matters explain what's the reason
for the name change? I understand that other companies are not happy
with the jabber name as long as it's a trademark of a direct competitor.
But assuming the Jabber, Inc. transfered the trademark to the JSF,
wouldn't that make the name change unnecessary?

I'd prefer to stay with the name 'jabber', because that's the name
people know. It's difficult enough to tell people the difference between
ICQ/AOL/MSN/whatever and jabber, and the fact that the protocol got
named XMPP instead of just jabber already made things worse, but another
new name for the same thing would confuse everybody. 

That said, making the whole thing work is much more important to me than
the name it's called. So if there are good reasons to change the name,
I wouldn't really object.


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