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From Geir Magnusson Jr <>
Subject Re: Jini?
Date Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:57:10 GMT

Noel J. Bergman wrote:
> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
>> I think that instead of spinning on this lock, we should move forward
>> with some other name to get things booted, and then resolve the Jini
>> name issue in parallel.
> I don't know that the name is an issue at all, if Sun is willing to transfer
> the trademark to the ASF, as was done with SpamAssassin.  The impression
> that I have from Craig and others is that this is do-able.  According to
> Simon, this is something that a Sun contact can work on, and according to
> Jim Hurley, "We would prefer to contribute it, but I'd like some discussion
> on this list on whether that's a viable option."  The answer, Jim, is yes.
> We did the same with the SpamAssassin trademark.

Because there is a difference.  JINI is a "technology domain".
SpamAssassin is a project.

> Between that and Craig's observations regarding the JDO precedent, it begs
> the question of why we should not go forward with the JINI name, which is
> what Sun, itself, is offering, and which is the name with which people
> associate.  If we eventually find that we must change the name, which it
> seems we would all like to avoid, we can do so later.

I'd rather go forward with a neutral project name, and then work out the
implications of managing a trademark that we'd have to allow others to use.


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