November 21, 2003

Researchers dispute Red Hat's Fedora trademark

There may be one hat too many in the open-source world. Concerned that they will be forced to drop the name
of their 5-year-old open-source project, researchers at Cornell University and the University of Virginia are readying a challenge to Red Hat Inc.'s
Fedora trademark, currently pending review by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Fedora is Red Hat's experimental Linux project and was launched as a community-developed alternative to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in September.

Unfortunately, it is also the name of the digital management system of Cornell and the University of Virginia, which is developing it to manage all of
the Virginia school's digital libraries. The software has been downloaded by more than 1,000 users since Version 1.0 was released in May this year,
the university researchers said.



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