thauti Sad to hear ☹️ not very opensource/libre friendly.
It's no different than any other trademarks by any other project and them being rightfully protective (and legally having to be protective) about them. Example from Canonical.
The possibility to rebuild from scratch is a guarantee of security and independence.
All the sources are open so you can compile your own software. And something being open source is not a guarantee of its security, see OpenSSL issues in the past and any obvious CVEs.
We don't have the possibility to continue (or with a huge amount of work).
No offense but if all the Core Team and Global Maintainers get hit by a bus or whatever catastrophic accidental, I'd be hesitant to believe there would be enough people (we have plenty of contributors which are extremely smart and talented, I do want to note) with the technical expertise to maintain the project at its current scale. Not to mention those people wouldn't have access to the infrastructure directly, have push permissions for packages, or be able to contribute directly to Solus projects without forking them.
But I guess "Community edition" should be available with a big red warning saying that is not officially supported as does manjaro for example.
Or again, we could just not have one. And that is much simpler.
About the brand, Ubuntu has a lot of fork using "ubuntu"
Those brands such as Ubuntu Kylin are under the Ubuntu umbrella and have expressed consent to use the trademarks, infrastructure, etc. They're not really "forks".
And I have some doubts about the legality to put something in GPL2, and put some protected trademarks inside, and say you can't reuse it without a fork
We always have the option to re-license or rewrite something from scratch should it prove to be problematic. You'll notice most of our projects nowadays, such as solbuild, are actually in Apache-2.0, which explicitly has the following:
- Trademarks. This License does not grant permission to use the trade names, trademarks, service marks, or product names of the Licensor, except as required for reasonable and customary use in describing the origin of the Work and reproducing the content of the NOTICE file.