Linux News Today: Google Asks Chromixium OS Devs to Cease Use of the Name, Cub Linux Is Born
It has been a while since we last heard something from the Chromixium Linux project, an operating system based on Ubuntu Linux and designed from the ground up to look like Google’s Chrome OS.
Last time we wrote something about Chromixium, the developers were working hard on the next major release, Chromixium 2.0, which was supposed to have a better and more stylish interface, as well as an updated base, as Chromixium 1.5 was released based on the Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system.
However, in the meantime, it looks like Google’s Trademark Enforcement Team asked the developers of the Chromixium project to cease use of the name “Chromixium” for their GNU/Linux distribution because of infringement, despite the fact that Google doesn’t yet uses that name on any of its projects.
“I decided not to take on the might of Google (well, the finances of Google) in a court of law, and after some very constructive exchanges with Google’s trademark lawyer, we agreed that the Chromixium mark would cease to be used by 1 April 2016. This includes this domain, GitHub, Chromixium social media presences including Google+ and YouTube,” said one of the Chromixium OS devs in the announcement.
Cub Linux 1.0 is coming, based on Ubuntu 16.04
The Chromixium OS developers are proud to inform Softpedia today that the new name of the project is now Cub Linux. Why Cub Linux? Because Chromium + Ubuntu = Cub, and it’s a GNU/Linux distribution after all. Best of all, the name Cub Linux has been registered as an official sublicensee of the Linux trademark with the Linux Foundation.
There’s also good news for existing Chromixium OS 1.5 users, as they will still get support for the distribution until Ubuntu 14.04 LTS reaches end of life, but it is strongly recommended that they wait for the awesome Cub Linux 1.0 release to get out this Spring, based on the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system from Canonical. So make sure that you are following Cub Linux on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or the official website for details.