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Re: Nomenclature: "MIPS32", "MIPS64"

To: "Ralf Baechle" <ralf@oss.sgi.com>, "Alan Cox" <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
Subject: Re: Nomenclature: "MIPS32", "MIPS64"
From: "Kevin D. Kissell" <kevink@mips.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 16:31:13 +0100
Cc: <ralf@oss.sgi.com>, <linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com>
Sender: owner-linuxmips@oss.sgi.com
>On Mon, Dec 06, 1999 at 01:35:54PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
>
>> I would suggest that until someone from MIPS legal specifically raises an
issue
>> you don't worry about it. With the sparc people they were quite happy with
>> Linux/sparc - which denotes Linux for sparc systems (they objected to
>> sparclinux as that implied it was their product). In fact given the "/" is
>> 'for' then I don't think there is even a valid trademark issue to be raised.
>>
>> Its also not in MIPS interest to cause trouble. Its a product for their
>> system. If they started being silly then everyones lawyers would be advising
>> them to pull their "xyz product for mips" as a legal precaution.
>
>I wouldn't expect MIPS to create any legal problems for anybody; you should
>consider this no more than an advice.
>
>  Ralf

Exactly.  The point is that there are two different concepts to be represented
in the kernel for which we risk having a name collision, and that the
registration
of the trademark provides an argument somewhat stronger than a coin toss
for resolving it one way and not the other.




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