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Linux domain in Holland obtained by commercial firm

Mar 30, 2000, 18:42 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hans Paijmans)

[ Thanks to Hans Paijmans for this report: ]

Today the dutch firm Stone IT has suddenly obtained the domain name Linux.nl. This has caused turmoil in the dutch Open Source community, that has tried for a long time to get the name assigned to a non-profit organisation such as the VOSN or one of the many Linux user groups and organisations in the Netherlands.

"Earning money with Open Source is not dirty", said a VOSN spokesman, "but Open Source is not just about getting; it is about giving as wel. What Stone IT has obtained for itself with the name 'Linux' is very clear; it is not so clear what it will give back to the dutch and the international Linux community".

A reaction from Stone IT has not yet been forthcoming.