KDE Apps name trademarks

Jonathan Riddell jr at jriddell.org
Thu Jul 9 12:17:13 BST 2020

On Wed, 8 Jul 2020 at 19:34, 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.

The difference is we understand the motivations of Linux distros and are
happy to be part of that setup.  We don't understand the motivations of the
random people who put our software on third party app stores and it doesn't
benefit us in any way and it likely detracts from us.

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