Hi openhealthhubbers and NHSbunters
Following lengthy discussions with the NHS DoH Brand Police we’re having to change the name of NHSbuntu because they feel it implies that NHSbuntu is an official NHS product, and such ‘passing off’ is not allowed. I’ve attached their most recent letter which states we must stop using the name NHSbuntu.
This enforced name change offers one or two advantages anyway, since we have had significant interest from cloud compute providers, including Red Hat, who produce RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and so it may work in our favour a) not to tie ourselves purely to Health & Social care and b) not to tie ourselves purely to Ubuntu.
At present the front-running alternative name is NHoS, which does not infringe the NHS’s brand guidelines, and doesn’t specify that we are an Ubuntu derivative either, while still preserving a clue as to what our project is about. We had considered using some totally abstract name with no particular meaning, but there is definitely some advantage in having a self-explanatory name as opposed to one we’d have to explain to people constantly.
We’re happy to discuss name ideas with the community, just comment/discuss below (but bear in mind we’ve been hammering on this problem for a good few months and we don’t want to spend a lot of time on names when there’s proper work to be done! )
Below are the final takedown letters from DoH for information:
We’re still ploughing along with progress in finding funding for proof of concept work and further development of NHoS, and we’re not letting this minor branding issue get in the way, which is why we’re not bothering to fight the issue any further. It’s better to spend our energy writing code and adding features.
Both Rob and I have been pretty busy over summer with non-tech personal stuff, but we’re both back in the saddle now, and looking forward to bringing you a much more refined new ISO in the coming months. Watch this space.
Marcus & Rob
NHSbuntu/NHoS project founders