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January 18, 2001
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Pronunciation of LaTeX From: Alan Shutko <email@example.com> Date: 11 Jan 2001 15:43:00 -0500 As I have a pet peeve about people declaring the way I pronounce words invalid, I feel the need to point out http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?keyword=&question=9 In other works, it has been mentioned that Lamport would make an effort in talks to pronounce LaTeX in as many ways as possible, so as to avoid any connotation of an official spelling. Why we geeks get in such pronunciation wars is beyond me (reference the GIF saga and old Linux FAQs saying it was permissable either way) but please, leave my Lay-Tek alone! -- Alan Shutko <firstname.lastname@example.org> - In a variety of flavors! It's always darkest just before it gets pitch black.
From: veitc <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 16:04:44 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Linux trademark concern - VA Linux lawsuit I'm not a lawyer so the following opinion needs a little research. I am just concerned with seeing more discussion on this topic. This is also the best way I could come up with to contact people in the Linux community on this issue. Your story on the VAlinux lawsuit a few days ago was interesting. I looked at the law firms complaint and press release and then sent them mail (which I have attached below). I complained about their use of the trademark 'Linux' as shorthand for VA Linux. Just yesterday I noticed that three more law firms have also initiated class action suits against VA. Apparently all the new lawsuits also use exactly the same abbreviation for VA Linux in their complaints. (It could be cut and paste at its finest or perhaps a conspiracy?) While it isn't my place to decide if these cases have merit, I am very concerned about the way all of these firms have used "linux" as shorthand in the legal docs for "VA linux". Although the use of shorthand is common in legal documents I believe that the use of a trademark in this generic manner is bad for the holder of the mark. The fact that this error has also found its way into the press releases from these firms is damaging to the 'Linux' trademark (held by Linus Torvalds, who is not involved with VA). And perhaps is damaging to the business of other Linux vendors. Whether this is a simple mistake or intentional misuse on the part of these firms is unknown. In any case this reflects badly on the entire Linux community. If the Linux trademark is not protected with legal action of an appropriate sort I suspect it could be destroyed as a trademark and become a generic term. I guess my interest is in seeing some follow-up info. 1. (From someone with real Legal knowledge) Is this really a potential problem? 2. If so, how bad is this situation? 3. Is Linus aware of this, what does he think? 4. Is anyone (perhaps Linus), pursuing action to have these documents corrected and having the involved law firms issue press releases correcting the usage? Regards, Curtis Veit email@example.com ------------ My email to Milberg Weiss ---------------------- Please forward to the VAlinux class action staff. To whom it may concern: Your complaint in the VAlinux case has a significant flaw in that you have shortened the name VAlinux to Linux in the document. In most cases a shorthand reference such as this would be acceptable, however in this case 'Linux' is a registered trademark which is not held by VAlinux. (It is held by Linus Torvalds) Its use in this case and in this manner reflects badly on other Linux vendors not implicated in this case. I highly recommend that you review this matter and correct it. This case may become highly visible and could cause harm to these other vendors. If this indeed happens your firm might find itself involved in litigation for this incorrect use. Personally I am not a lawyer but this is offensive to me a a Linux user and as an employee of a firm using Linux. I believe that your error was not intentional, but instead reflects your lack of knowledge of the Open Source software community and the Linux trademark. (I suspect that using 'VA' as shorthand will be less problematic.) I write to you directly because I believe that you may have time constraints on modifying court documents. In case you do not understand the importance of this issue I will be informing a number of these firms that may be harmed so they can pursue legal action should that be appropriate and needed. I am also informing Linus Torvalds as I believe allowing use of a trademark in a public document in an incorrect manner weakens its validity. I hope you find this information useful. I find informal (early) solutions to problems such as these far better than the alternative. Regards, Curtis Veit
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Palm Pilot Sync From: MJ Ray <email@example.com> Date: 12 Jan 2001 09:37:24 +0000 Just a quick note to say I'm amazed not to see ColdSync in the line up of tools for syncing with Palm. This command-line tool can handle syncing with a single command and start off conduits etc. I'm surprised not to see it used more widely. While I'm writing, I'd just like to praise the authors of GPL'd Palm software (eg CSpotRun) and palmfreeware.com for being great tools! -- MJ Ray Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Director Tel: +44 (0)20 8553 6622 Luminas Internet Applications Fax: +44 (0)870 28 47489 This is not an official statement or order. Web: www.luminas.co.uk
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 08:47:14 -0800 (PST) From: "Roderick A. Anderson" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Linux 2.4 - the Real Millenium Edition I, at last, figured out what the true reason for the delay of the 2.4 kernel. Linus wanted a true 'Millenium Edition'. I'll also bet there are far fewer bugs in this then the other ME. Rod -- Roderick A. Anderson email@example.com Altoplanos Information Systems, Inc. Voice: 208.765.6149 212 S. 11th Street, Suite 5 FAX: 208.664.5299 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814