Free Software ideology
I hate to admit this, but I’m a semi-closeted OSS hater. Not the software, in general, though the endless forks and 90% implementations that plague Linux irritate me to no end (getting better, as I see it from here). But the ideology drives me nuts. OSS works in the real world when it solves real problems, not because of the ideals driving the developers. I’m attracted to OSS because it makes better use of resources than any closed development model, and lets varied groups with different specific interests work together to make something really powerful.
The Debian “issue” drives me nuts because of the hole in the arguments put forth against having any restrictions on the trademarks. If the name doesn’t matter, and we shouldn’t endeavour to control it as a mark that people can trust, then why does Debian care? Just call it Debian Browser and be done with it. The only reason I can see for wanting to use the name is that we’ve already established it as something people recognize, and that people trust and want to use. If that’s the case, then they’re arguing for diluting the trademark that they themselves want to use because of its strength.
Not to mention, of course, that their own apparent trademark policy is “ask permission for any use other than distributing our official distribution on CD” and they have a closed committee just like ours that makes these decisions. I can’t ship a Debian-derived distro as “Debian” without permission, but they don’t want to grant us the same rights?
I’m so glad that I can focus on shipping software instead of this miasma of licensing and ideology!