Discover Debian's hassle-free trademarks, use them to promote Debian
March 1st, 2013
The Debian Project is pleased to announce that, according to the terms of the new trademark policy, Debian logos and marks may now be used freely for both non-commercial and commercial purposes. The Debian Project encourages wide use of its marks in all ways that promote Debian and free software.
Stefano Zacchiroli, current Debian Project Leader and one of the main
promoters of the new trademark policy, said
Software freedoms and
trademarks are a difficult match. We all want to see well-known project
names used to promote free software, but we cannot risk they will be
abused to trick users into downloading proprietary spyware. With the help
of SPI and SFLC, we have
struck a good balance in our new trademark policy. Among other
positive things, it allows all sorts of commercial use; we only
recommend clearly informing customers about how much of the sale price
will be donated to Debian.
As the arrival of the new stable release, Debian 7.0
vendors are encouraged to create Wheezy-themed merchandise (t-shirts,
stickers, mugs, etc.), using the
We further invite you to check out the current list of Debian merchandise vendors, and see the information at the bottom of the page if you would like to be added to it.
The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly
free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and
maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and
supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the
universal operating system.
For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.