[Foundation] Clarifications On Name Change Proposal

David Yitzchak Cohen dave at bigfatdave.com
Tue Jul 1 11:54:28 CDT 2003


On Tue, Jul 01, 2003 at 03:27:43AM -0400, Matt Mankins wrote:

> 2) Assume that the name change happens.
...
> The name change effectively grants Jabber, Inc. a
> huge amount of good will (I wonder if that's taxable?) by making Jabber
> Inc the authoritative resource for "jabber", and sponging up all the viral
> work that's gone on to date.  The benefits of this change would be that
> the marketplace would not be ambiguous--Jabber is a "product" of Jabber,
> Inc., XMPP is the protocol., SEP's are protocol extensions shepherded by
> the Schmabber Software Foundation.

The problem is that we're basically taking all the "steam" out of the
Jabber name (after all the headaches we went through to obtain a perpetual
irrevocable license to the Jabber TM).

The only name I can see us going for without damaging JINC is EXMPP or
something like that.  Otherwise, the fragmentation that others noted
would erode the "zing" of the Jabber name and damage JINC, AFAICT.
(Once again, please correct me if I'm wrong.)

 - Dave

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