[openstack-dev] [neutron]: Neutron naming legal issues

Armando M. armamig at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 06:06:31 UTC 2016

On 31 March 2016 at 22:46, Jimmy Akin <jimmyakin at rambler.ru> wrote:

> Dear Neutrinos,
> We've been following the project for quite some time.
> To our satisfaction the project seems to have done well; the base line of
> features that were available to the networking component of OpenStack
> (then nova-network) has grown quite a bit and seem to have gained a
> successful momentum with the communities, both development and
> operators.
> However, Neutron appears to be a trademarked name [1], and after
> thoroughly discussing the issue with our and Marvel' legal departments
> both sides have reached the conclusion that a naming scheme is an
> obligatory amendment and unfortunately is the only viable option.
> An obvious resolution to this issue is reverting the old "Quantum" name
> back.
> However, this is subject to change and review from the PTL and as such,
> we'll shortly propose a relevant change to the review system.
> We anticipate the review process to be be swift, to avoid further legal
> implications.

To be perfectly honest with you, I always liked the 'Quantum' name more.

With the ongoing release cycle called 'Newton', my hatred for the 'Neutron'
name has increased, since I keep mispronouncing with 'Neutron' and vice

Therefore I can't express my gratitude enough for this well timed proposal.
You got my +2, though you got get behind governance change [1] first.

Happy hacking!
Quantum (formerly known as Newton) PTL

[1] https://review.openstack.org/#/c/300274/

> Sincerely,
> Jimmy J. Akin,
> CIO,        John F. Kennedy Space Center.
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_(Marvel_Comics)
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