KDE Apps name trademarks

Michael Reeves reeves.87 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 19:51:33 BST 2020

For kdiff3 this would be a starting point. https://phabricator.kde.org/T9580

On Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 2:34 PM Martin Floeser <mgraesslin at kde.org> wrote:

> Am 2020-07-08 18:12, schrieb Jonathan Riddell:
> > Recently we've noticed some KDE apps ending up on the Microsoft Store
> > uploaded by unknown third parties.  Maybe to up some credit score for
> > their developer account.  Maybe to install bitcoin  miners.  We don't
> > know the motivations.  Since it's all free software the licence allows
> > it.
> Honestly I don't think we should try to get software from Microsoft
> Store based on trademark. As you already notice our license allows this.
> And even more on Linux it's the normal way that someone else distributes
> our software. Back in the days SuSE even sold our software. It's even
> common that our distributors apply patches to our software. So we
> shouldn't treat the Microsoft Store different to Linux distributions.
> Granted I consider it as a huge problem that the Microsoft Store might
> contain copies of our software with malware. But to that we have
> solutions: the GPL. We can demand the source code from those
> distributors. If they don't comply: even better, than we have something!
> If they comply and our software is reproducible, we can verify that the
> uploaded binary is not tampered with (and that it doesn't comply to
> GPL). Yes, that puts work on our shoulders. If our software doesn't
> build reproducible, we need to fix that.
> Otherwise I suggest that we bring all our software in the Microsoft
> Store to ensure we at least uploaded it. If we have it uploaded and
> someone else uploads it as well, we can still ask Microsoft to do
> something about it. I hope that Microsoft is interested in not
> distributing malware and removes copies of open source projects or adds
> links to the original authors. After all Microsoft really tries to be on
> the good side currently, so we should try ;-)
> Cheers
> Martin
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